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Title: The Syntax of (Anti-)Causatives
Subtitle: External arguments in change-of-state contexts
Written By: Florian Schäfer
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%20126
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 126
Description:

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. 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.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Morphology
Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027255099
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