Pseudo-passive is a term which is used for the passive of prepositional verbs. Prepositional verbs are intransitive verbs followed by a prepositional phrase which permits Preposition Stranding. This means that the passive construction can treat the NP complement of the preposition as a kind of direct object and promote it to subject. Compare the following examples from English:
(i) Someone has slept in my bed My bed has been slept in (by someone) (ii) Someone is pointing at me I don't like being pointed at (iii) Many people are sleeping in London * London is being slept in (by many people)
- Spencer, A. 1991. Morphological Theory, Blackwell, Oxford.