Sohn, You-Mee. 2002. Interpretation of English Middle Constructions. The History of English, 14. Middle constructions in English show several peculiar properties. This paper analyzes English middle constructions with respect to their generic meaning. It proposes that the genericity of English middle constructions is distinguished from that of other generic sentences, in that subjects in middles are “differentiated” from other entities or kinds. By proposing a constraint, this paper provides an account of well-formedness of middles, especially in regard to adverbial modification and adjunct middles, which have not been properly explained. In addition, this paper attempts to clarify the interpretation of an implicit argument in middles. It shows that the implicit argument in middles is not inherently generic and can be realized as an NP in a for-phrase.