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Genericity in Middle Constructions

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Authors
Yearn Jae-Il
Issue Date
2002
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.38 No.4, pp. 1151-1184
Keywords
middlegenericexistential disclosureimplicit argument
Abstract
In middle constructions the external argument is syntactically inactive, but is understood to be people in general. But controversially it is optionally realized as a for-phrase which can denote a specific individual. I propose that a for-phrase is indirectly associated with the implied agent. However, this does not explain the observation that middle constructions tend to be generic. A middle verb itself is aspectually non-generic, but a middle construction is generic as a whole. This requires the presence of the generic operator. One thing missing is how a middle construction is guaranteed to be generic. I propose that the event argument is given the feature [ANY], which must be associated with the generic operator. My proposal could cause some problems in semantic interpretation, and I show that they can be avoided by existential disclosure.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/90758
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 38 Number 1/4 (2002)
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