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<i>Haben</i>-statives in German

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Abstract

This paper addresses stative sentences like <i>Er hat den Arm verbunden</i> (&#8216;He has his arm bandaged&#8217;), which are going to be referred to as <i>haben</i>-statives. A &#8216;passive analysis&#8217; of <i>haben</i>-statives is rejected. Instead, I put forward a syntactic analysis of <i>haben</i>-statives where <i>haben</i> &#8216;have&#8217; embeds a small clause in which the participle functions as an adjectival predicate. In my approach, Kratzer&#8217;s (1993) stipulative distinction between &#8216;lexical&#8217; and &#8216;phrasal&#8217; adjectivization (cf. Rothstein 2007) can be abandoned. The proposed analysis allows for a uniform analysis of an array of different <i>haben</i>-structures in German, since they can all be ascribed the same underlying structure.

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