Article published in:Non-Canonical Passives
Edited by Artemis Alexiadou and Florian Schäfer
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 205] 2013
► pp. 163–184
Another passive that isn’t one
On the semantics of German haben-passives
This article adresses the semantics of the so-called haben-passive, i.e. the stative reading of sentences like Er hat den Arm verbunden (‘He has his arm bandaged’). In line with recent research on haben-passives (Rothstein 2007; Businger this volume), I assume that these involve adjectivization of the participle. I will argue that participles in haben-passives share two main semantic properties with participles in German adjectival passives (sein-passives): (i) the semantic underspecification of the property denoted by the participle (ii) the generic interpretation of the event introduced by the verbal baseI propose an adjectival zero-affix that accounts for these semantic properties. The conclusion will be that adjectivization of the participle, in adjectival sein-passives as well as in haben-passives, has a specific semantic impact: it serves to create a property – the property of belonging to a contextually mediated ad hoc category based on the verbal event kind.
Published online: 28 March 2013
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