The Neural Correlates of Linguistic Distinctions: Unaccusative and Unergative Verbs

@article{Shetreet2010TheNC,
  title={The Neural Correlates of Linguistic Distinctions: Unaccusative and Unergative Verbs},
  author={Einat Shetreet and Naama Friedmann and Uri Hadar},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
  year={2010},
  volume={22},
  pages={2306-2315}
}
Unaccusative verbs like fall are special in that their sole argument is syntactically generated at the object position of the verb rather than at the subject position. Unaccusative verbs are derived by a lexical operation that reduces the agent from transitive verbs. Their insertion into a sentence often involves a syntactic movement from the object to the subject position. To explore the neurological reality of the distinction between different verb types and to identify the cortical… CONTINUE READING