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Introducing Arguments$
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Liina Pylkkänen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262162548

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262162548.001.0001

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(p.81) Chapter 3 Causatives
Introducing Arguments

Liina Pylkkänen

The MIT Press

This chapter develops a theory about causativization. It argues that causative constructions are crosslinguistically similar in that they all involve a causative head which introduces a causing event into the semantics of the construction. The causative head does not introduce an external argument, which are always introduced by Voice. Crosslinguistic variation in causative constructions derives from two sources: (i) The syntactic dependence of Cause on Voice; and (ii) the size of the complement of Cause. Important differences in the distribution of causative constructions follow from these two parameters.

Keywords:   causativization, causative constructions, causative head, semantics, cause, Voice

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