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Title: Psych verbs in English and Mandarin
Authors: Cheung, CCH 
Larson, RK
Issue Date: Feb-2015
Source: Natural language and linguistic theory, Feb. 2015, v. 33, no. 1, p. 127-189
Abstract: Psych verb constructions show peculiar properties. They appear to project the same £c-relations into inverse configurations (John fears sharks/Sharks frighten John). Furthermore, Experiencer Object psych verb constructions admit backward binding in apparent violation of familiar c-command conditions (Pictures of himself anger John). We offer a solution to both puzzles drawing crucially on data from English and Mandarin. We argue that apparent £c-role inversion is an illusion, and that Experiencer Subject psych verb constructions like John fears sharks are not in fact simple transitive constructions but instead involve a concealed clause with a silent predicate (John fears [cpsharks PRED]). Regarding backward binding, we argue for an updated version of Belletti and Rizzi¡¦s (1988) analysis of Experiencer Object psych verbs in which the putative Theme is a Source that is underlyingly c-commanded by the Experiencer.
Keywords: Applicatives
Concealed complement clauses
English
Intensionality
Mandarin
Psych verbs
Publisher: Springer
Journal: Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 
ISSN: 0167-806X (print)
1573-0859 (online)
DOI: 10.1007/s11049-014-9259-3
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
The following publication Cheung, C. C. H., & Larson, R. K. (2015). Psych verbs in English and Mandarin. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory, 33(1), 127-189 is published by Springer and is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11049-014-9259-3. The final publication is available at link.springer.com
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