The Syntax of (Anti-)Causatives: External Arguments in Change-Of-State Contexts Florian Schaefer

ISBN: 9789027255099

Published: June 26th 2008

Hardcover

324 pages


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The Syntax of (Anti-)Causatives: External Arguments in Change-Of-State Contexts  by  Florian Schaefer

The Syntax of (Anti-)Causatives: External Arguments in Change-Of-State Contexts by Florian Schaefer
June 26th 2008 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 324 pages | ISBN: 9789027255099 | 5.62 Mb

This book develops an approach to the causative alternation that assumes syntactic event decomposition and a configurational theta theory. It is couched within the framework of the Minimalist Program and, especially, within Distributed Morphology.MoreThis book develops an approach to the causative alternation that assumes syntactic event decomposition and a configurational theta theory.

It is couched within the framework of the Minimalist Program and, especially, within Distributed Morphology. Central to the work is the syntax and semantics of canonical external arguments of causative verbs as well as of oblique causers and causative PPs in the context of anticausative verbs in different languages such as Germanic, Romance, Balkan, and Caucasian languages. The book also develops a new account of the origin and nature of the morphological marking which is often found on anticausatives across languages.

The main claim is that this morphology is a reflex of a syntactic way to prohibit the assignment of the external theta role. Moreover, the book develops an account about the origin of the implicit agent in generic middles which often bear the same morphology as marked anticausatives.



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