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Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure$
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Malka Rappaport Hovav, Edit Doron, and Ivy Sichel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544325

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544325.001.0001

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Lexicon versus Syntax *

Lexicon versus Syntax *

Evidence from Morphological Causatives

(p.153) 8 Lexicon versus Syntax*
Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure

Julia Horvath

Tal Siloni

Oxford University Press

The chapter empirically sorts out morphological alternations often grouped together under the label causativization. A careful analysis of Japanese versus Hungarian morphological causatives reveals new evidence that the former must be formed in the syntax, while the latter have to be derived before any syntactic structure is available, that is, in the lexicon. The chapter then specifies and contrasts the formation of morphological causatives in the syntax and in the lexicon.

Keywords:   morphological causatives, transitive‐unaccusative alternation, lexical causativization, valence changing (arity) operation, active lexicon, lexicon–syntax parameter

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