Lexicon versus Syntax

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The chapter empirically sorts out morphological alternations often grouped together under the label causativization. A careful analysis of Japanese versus Hungarian morphological causatives reveals new evidence that the former must be formed in the syntax, while the latter have to be derived before any syntactic structure is available, that is, in the lexicon. The chapter then specifies and contrasts the formation of morphological causatives in the syntax and in the lexicon.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191720536
ISBN (Print)9780199544325
StatePublished - 1 May 2010


  • Active lexicon
  • Lexical causativization
  • Lexicon-syntax parameter
  • Morphological causatives
  • Transitive-unaccusative alternation
  • Valence changing (arity) operation


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