Deriving the Bei-Construction in Mandarin Chinese

  title={Deriving the Bei-Construction in Mandarin Chinese},
  author={Jen Ting},
  journal={Journal of East Asian Linguistics},
  • J. Ting
  • Published 1 October 1998
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of East Asian Linguistics
This article proposes that the bei-construction, a typical passive construction in Mandarin Chinese, is not derived in a uniform fashion; rather, three types of bei-sentences must be recognized. The main distinction is made between those involving A-movement, like English passives, and those involving a null operator, like the tough-construction and the Complement Deletion Construction in English. The third type involves a lexical passive compound verb. Support for this claim comes from… 
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