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This paper provides experimental evidence in support of the view that Greek does not have three productive morphological classes of anticausative verbs, but only two: the class of verbs that bear non-active voice morphology and the class of verbs that are morphologically active. Across two experiments, native Greek speakers are found to prefer for each anticausative verb either non-active or active voice morphological marking, in the presence or absence of explicit contextual information. It is also shown experimentally that native speakers prefer an interpretation that involves a specific cause for all anticausatives, especially when the existence of such a cause is favored by the contextual setting. Our empirical findings are consistent with the view that the Voice Phrase that is realized as non-active voice morphology in Greek anticausatives is expletive. From a theoretical perspective, we analyze the expletiveness of this Voice projection as the result of semantic redundancy: the Voice head of Greek anticausatives combines with a v head that encodes a redundant cause meaning component and is, therefore, interpreted merely as introducing an identity function.
|Number of pages
|Frontiers in Psychology
|Published - 23 Feb 2023
- experimental results
- expletive voice
- semantic redundancy
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LA INTERPRETACION DE LAS CATEGORIAS FUNCIONALES II: SIGNIFICADOS EXPRESIVOS Y JERARQUIAS DE SIGNIFICADO
Espinal Faré, M. T., Villalba Nicolas, F. X., Borik , O., Morosi ., P., Puig Mayenco, E., Seres Guillen, D., Tsiakmakis , E., Tubau Muntaña, S., CARRERA PEREZ, E., Cyrino, S., Etxeberria, U., GIANOLLO, C., PAOLO GRECO, M., Planas-Morales, S. & TROTZKE, A.
1/09/21 → 31/08/24
Project: Research Projects and Other Grants