S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 39 Number 1/4 (2003)
Reanalysis of Verb and Preposition in English
- Goh, Gwang-Yoon
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.39 No.4, pp.6 745-762
- prepositional passive; unification of verb and preposition; reanalysis; reanalysis hypothesis; no-reanalysis hypothesis; heavy-NP-shift; floating quantifier; subdeletion; word-internal conjunction
- The verb (V) and the preposition (P) of prepositional verbs in the English prepositional passive cannot be interrupted by other material and this phenomenon has long been explained by means of the so-called reanalysis. About when or where this reanalysis occurs, however, there has been considerable controversy among scholars. This paper argues against both the reanalysis hypothesis (that assumes that the reanalysis exists in both the active and the passive) and the no-reanalysis hypothesis (that claims that there is no such thing as reanalysis in English at all) and shows that English indeed has the reanalysis of verb and preposition for passive permitting V+P sequences but that this reanalysis is possible and required only in the passive but not in the active.