Els verbs de canvi d’estat del català i l’alternança causativa: una proposta sintàctica

Translated title of the contribution: Catalan Change-of-State Verbs and the Causative Alternation: a Syntactic Proposal

Bartomeu Abrines Llabrés, Jaume Mateu Fontanals

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We deal with the participation of Catalan change-of-state verbs in the causative alternation. After revising some previous classifications, we finally discard them due to their theoretical and empirical insufficiency. We specially focus on internally caused change-of-state verbs, which have traditionally been said not to enter the causative alternation, and we also analyse the cases where these verbs enter the transitive construction even with an agentive external argument. We claim that a cognitive principle is needed, in addition to the Direct Causation Condition, in order to explain these cases. Our analysis, which also takes into account the licensing of agentive and causal adjuncts in alternant and passive constructions, leads us to propose, following the neoconstructionist perspective put forward by Alexiadou, Anagnostopoulou & Schäfer (2015), five syntactic structures to explain their syntactic behaviour. In conclusion, we point out that it is only the difference between manner and result roots that is relevant to explain how roots participate in the causative alternation.
Translated title of the contributionCatalan Change-of-State Verbs and the Causative Alternation: a Syntactic Proposal
Original languageCatalan
Pages (from-to)139-161
Number of pages23
JournalEtudes Romanes de Brno
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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