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The Theta SystemArgument Structure at the Interface$
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Martin Everaert, Marijana Marelj, and Tal Siloni

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199602513

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602513.001.0001

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The Linguistic Expression of Causation

The Linguistic Expression of Causation

(p.20) 2 The Linguistic Expression of Causation
The Theta System

Ad Neeleman

Hans van de Koot

Oxford University Press

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

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