Gradient Auxiliary Selection and Impersonal Passivization in German : An Experimental Investigation

  title={Gradient Auxiliary Selection and Impersonal Passivization in German : An Experimental Investigation},
  author={Frank Keller and Antonella Sorace},
The main purpose of this paper is to provide experimental evidence that two syntactic reflexes of split intransitivity in German the selection of perfective auxiliaries and the impersonal passive construction are sensitive to an aspectual/thematic hierarchy of verb classes. We show that there is a split between ‘core’ verbs that elicit categorical intuitions from native speakers, and ‘intermediate’ verbs that exhibit gradience. Furthermore, crossdialectal differences between northern and… CONTINUE READING


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