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The Event Structure of Perception Verbs$
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Nikolas Gisborne

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199577798

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577798.001.0001

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Causation and Relations Between Events: An Introduction to WG Semantics

Causation and Relations Between Events: An Introduction to WG Semantics

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(p.66) 3 Causation and Relations Between Events: An Introduction to WG Semantics
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The Event Structure of Perception Verbs
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577798.003.0003

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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