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Causation and Relations Between Events: An Introduction to WG Semantics

Nikolas Gisborne

in The Event Structure of Perception Verbs

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577798
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722417 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577798.003.0003
Causation and Relations Between Events: An Introduction to WG Semantics

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In this chapter, there is a discussion of causation and ditransitive verbs, organized around the question of whether ditransitives lexicalize a causative structure or not, and concluding that they do not. This discussion serves two purposes: it shows the Word Grammar representation accounts for some key (and well understood) phenomena in lexical semantics; and it sets up a discussion of causation, small clauses, agency and ditransitivity which is central to some of the following analyses subsequently in the book. In addition to the specific analyses of individual verbs, there is a more general discussion of the nature of sublexical causation, and whether it should be understood in terms of relations between events, relations between participants and events, or relations between participants in events and other participants.

Keywords: causation; ditransitivity; make; give; small clauses; event relations; participant relations; result; purpose

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Subjects: Semantics

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