Passives and near-passives in Balto-Slavic

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This paper claims that variation regarding the appearance of accusative case on the Theme argument of passive and passive-like predicates in Ukrainian, Polish, and Lithuanian is a function of the arrangement of a predicate&#8217;s voice property and transitivity property in the functional domain of <i>v</i>P. Accusative survives passivization (and related constructions) only when <i>v</i>-voice, which is concerned with the projection of an external argument, and <i>v</i>-cause, which identifies a causative sub-event and serves as an accusative probe, appear &#8220;unbundled&#8221; in the sense of Pylkk&#228;nen&#8217;s (2008) Voice Bundling Parameter, thereby linking structural accusative to the structure of the event. In such &#8220;split-<i>v</i>P&#8221; languages, accusative appears regardless of the specification of voice as active or passive.


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