The Syntax of the Ba-Constructions

Ling Yan
2004 Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics  
The Ba-construction has been widely discussed in the literature; however, few satisfactory studies have been carried out on the Ba-construction from a syntactic approach. In this paper 1 will argue for the fact that the Ba predicate describes a bounded or telic event and the DP after Ba is encoded either as specific or definite. What's more, Ba is reanalyzed as a functional head which has an uninterpretable DP feature that must be checked in the spec of AspP. According to the Minimalist
more » ... Minimalist approach, the predicate checks its bounded feature in the head of AspP. Moreover, I will argue that any DP selected by the BaP has to move. Based on Travis '(1991; 2000) vP structure, my analysis of the Baconstruction can offer a unified analysis for all the Ba data.
doi:10.17161/kwpl.1808.1245 fatcat:n4jk4ry4yzg5db7cmxepm2lidu