This paper examines the availability of passivizing Themes/Direct Objects of (apparent) double object constructions in the Liverpool dialect of British English. It demonstrates that the Theme Passive does not derive from a double object construction, in contrast to Theme Passives in neighbouring dialects, but from a Prepositional Dative with a null preposition. This seems to be an extension of the (recent) innovation of a null inherent abstract Case in the dialect, which is available in place of some prepositions. The proposal derives a range of properties of A-movement in the Liverpool dialect.
Proceedings of the 32nd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Ulrike Steindl, Thomas Borer, Huilin Fang, Alfredo García Pardo, Peter Guekguezian, Brian Hsu, Charlie O'Hara, and Iris Chuoying Ouyang Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-466-9 library binding
vii + 351 pages
publication date: 2015
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA