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Linguistic Inquiry

Winter 1999, Vol. 30, No. 1, Pages 119-131
(doi: 10.1162/002438999553986)
© 1999 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Middles and Reflexivity
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Abstract

This article investigates the argument structure of middle predicates. It argues that middle verbs syntactically project the entire argument grids of their active counterparts; however, middle verbs, like passive verbs, project the external (Agent) arguments of their active counterparts as adjuncts. These demoted Agent arguments can appear, in middle constructions, as the objects of for-PPs.