Impersonal Passives and the Unaccusative Hypothesis

David M. Perlmutter

Abstract


In this paper I give one argument in favor of the advancement analysis of impersonal passives over the demotion analysis. The argument is based on the interaction of this phenomenon with an independently motivated hypothesis about linguistic structure, the Unaccusative Hypothesis.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/bls.v4i0.2198