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      -Able adjectives and the syntax of psych verbs

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          This paper deals with some restrictions on the formation of - able adjectives from object experiencer verbs in comparison to subject experiencer verbs, focusing on English and Greek. Building on Oltra-Massuet ( 2013), the paper assumes that there are two places of attachment for - able, a high one, which combines with a structure including passive Voice, and a low one, which combines with a smaller structure. While subject experiencer verbs combine with low - able in both languages, the behavior of object experiencer verbs is not uniform. The unavailability of high - able formation with object experiencer verbs is correlated with the unavailability of passivization. In English, only those object experiencer verbs that yield a well-formed passive can combine with high - able. In Greek, OE verbs do not form passives or - able adjectives. The differences between English and Greek are accounted for by appealing to differences in their Voice systems, with specific reference to passive formation.

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                Contributors
                Journal
                2397-1835
                Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
                Ubiquity Press
                2397-1835
                20 June 2018
                2018
                : 3
                : 1
                : 74
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Humboldt Universität zu Berlin & Leibniz-Center General Linguistics (ZAS), Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, DE
                Article
                10.5334/gjgl.498
                b9e258e0-ab4c-46a6-924e-8c950e608bb8
                Copyright: © 2018 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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                : 31 July 2017
                : 05 April 2018
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                General linguistics,Linguistics & Semiotics
                tough-movement,passive,agentivity,evaluative adjectives,dispositional adjectives,psych-verbs

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