Another passive that isn’t one
This article adresses the semantics of the so-called <i>haben</i>-passive, i.e. the stative reading of sentences like <i>Er hat den Arm verbunden</i> (‘He has his arm bandaged’). In line with recent research on <i>haben</i>-passives (Rothstein 2007; Businger this volume), I assume that these involve adjectivization of the participle. I will argue that participles in <i>haben</i>-passives share two main semantic properties with participles in German adjectival passives (<i>sein</i>-passives): (i) the semantic underspecification of the property denoted by the participle (ii) the generic interpretation of the event introduced by the verbal baseI propose an adjectival zero-affix that accounts for these semantic properties. The conclusion will be that adjectivization of the participle, in adjectival <i>sein</i>-passives as well as in <i>haben</i>-passives, has a specific semantic impact: it serves to create a property – the property of belonging to a contextually mediated <i>ad hoc</i> category based on the verbal event kind.