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Jillian defends master’s thesis

Jillian Mills successfully defended her master’s thesis, ‘Non-specific objects in the pseudopassive’, on September 3. The thesis investigates the properties of nominal phrases when they appear in the direct object position of English pseudopassive sentences. It is argued that due to the particular syntax of pseudopassives, these nominals are restricted to being D(eterminer)-less NPs, which in turn correlates with their non-specific interpretation, as well as other peculiarities of their syntax and semantics. The committee was Michel DeGraff, Kai von Fintel, and Norvin Richards.