Anticausatives: Against reflexivization

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Abstract

Anticausative (unaccusative) verbs are not formed by a reflexivization operation. Contrary to claims advanced in recent studies, there is no evidence that they involve a Cause ingredient either in their lexical semantic representation or in the syntax. A series of arguments show that.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2176-2186
Number of pages11
JournalLingua
Volume121
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

Keywords

  • Anticausative
  • Cause
  • Causing subevent
  • Reflexive verb
  • Reflexivization
  • Unaccusative

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