Verbal Passives in English and Hebrew: A Comparative Study

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The paper argues that the mechanism underlying verbal passive formation in English and Hebrew is different. Whereas in English the implicit external argument has a syntactic representation, in Hebrew it is represented only semantically. Coupled with Reinhart's (2002) Theta System, the analysis accounts for several thematic differences between passive verbs in the two languages.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Theta System
Subtitle of host publicationArgument Structure at the Interface
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9780191739200
ISBN (Print)9780199602513
StatePublished - 24 May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • English
  • Full interpretation of thematic roles
  • Hebrew
  • Implicit argument
  • Passive

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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