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A Study of Inanimate Unergatives


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This paper reassesses the syntactic and semantic analysis of unergative verbs with inanimate subjects. Two main problems are present: First, what component of meaning predicts their unergativity? Contra Reinhart 2002, this paper argues that inanimate unergatives involve a causal implication, hence their subject merges externally without further ado. Second, a subset of inanimate unergatives exhibits transitive alternates (e.g. The doorbell buzzed / The postman buzzed the doorbell). How is the alternation formed? This paper shows that the process involved here is a productive, non-derivational pattern, which has been independently attested.

Product Specifications
SKU :COC80041
AuthorJoseph Potashnik
Number of Pages76
Publishing Year2011-01-04T00:00:00.000
Edition1 st
Book Typelinguistics
Country of ManufactureIndia
Product BrandLAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Product Packaging InfoBox
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