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Causation in Grammatical Structures$
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Bridget Copley and Fabienne Martin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199672073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672073.001.0001

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Causativization and event structure

Causativization and event structure

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Causation in Grammatical Structures

Ekaterina Lyutikova

Sergei Tatevosov

Oxford University Press

The chapter develops an alternative to Liina Pylkkänen’s (2002) theory of the causative. It shows that this theory faces a number of complications when accounting for the structure and interpretation of the causative in languages like Karachay-Balkar (Altaic, Turkic). Focusing on the semantic distinction between direct and indirect causatives, problematic for Pylkkänen, the chapter proposes a novel architecture of the verbal domain based on Radical Predicate Decomposition whereby relations between subevents in a syntactically represented event structure are introduced independently from subevent descriptions.

Keywords:   event structure, causative, predicate decomposition, causative alternation, event decomposition, direct causation, indirect causation

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