The Causative Alternation

  title={The Causative Alternation},
  author={Florian Sch{\"a}fer},
  journal={Language and Linguistics Compass},
This article discusses the transitivity alternation between lexical causative verbs and their anticausative (inchoative) counterparts. It provides an overview of the semantic, syntactic and morphological properties of verbs undergoing the causative alternation, thereby identifying their cross-linguistically stable core as well as the areas of variation among languages. The main theoretical lines of analysis proposed in the literature are introduced by an exemplary discussion of accounts within… CONTINUE READING

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