The Linguistic Expression of Causation

Ad Neeleman and Hans van de Koot

in The Theta System

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602513
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739200 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

The Linguistic Expression of Causation

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It is commonly assumed that the linguistic representation of causation includes a causing event. We argue that this is not the case, neither in the syntactic nor in the lexical semantic representation of causative verbs. Instead, language emulates causation by encoding a resultant state and a crucial contributory factor in the causation of that state.

Keywords: (direct) causation; agents; instruments; stative causatives; causative modifiers

Chapter.  14422 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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