Author Topic: Tree Structure for Ditransitive Verbal Passive  (Read 2576 times)


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Tree Structure for Ditransitive Verbal Passive
« on: April 30, 2019, 11:28:12 AM »
I have to draw the tree structure for the following sentence according to the Minimalist Theory, Roberts (1987) and Collins (2005).

The band was offered a deal by a famous label

We had exercises only with transitive verbs a not with ditransitive. Could you please help me, at least with the first one? I am really confused: where does "the band" originate? And where should I put "a deal" since it is an argument and not an adjunct?

Every tree analysis is more than welcome!

Thank you!

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Re: Tree Structure for Ditransitive Verbal Passive
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2019, 11:01:36 AM »
1) We don't do homework questions here. There's a reason it has been assigned to you.

2) The "right" answer to this specifically and only depends on your class and textbook. There are many different (and incompatible) ways to analyze passives (and other structures), and the "right" one, including general approach and various details, will vary a lot from class to class. Your instructor may have also simplified it in some way for you.

My guess is that there is some kind of movement transforming an active-like sentence to passive form, but the details can get complicated (and sometimes passives are not analyzed with that type of movement at all). Discussing it here would be inappropriate for your class, and probably more confusing/complicating than helpful.
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