The Unaccusativity Puzzle: Explorations of the Syntax-Lexicon Interface

The Unaccusativity Puzzle: Explorations of the Syntax-Lexicon Interface


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The phenomenon of unaccusativity is a central focus for the study of the complex properties of verb classes. The Unaccusative Hypothesis has provided a rich context for debating whether syntactic behavior is semantically or lexically determined, the consequence of syntactic context, or a combination of these factors. No consensus has been reached. This book combines new approaches to the subject with several papers that have achieved a significant status, though formally unpublished.

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ISBN-13: 9780199257652
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/11/2004
Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics , #5
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Series editors' preface
Introduction, Artemis Alexiadou, Elena Anagnostopoulou and Martin Everaert
1. A Semantics for unaccusatives and its syntactic consequences, Gennaro Chierchia
2. Unaccusativity as telicity checking, Angeliek van Hout
3. Unergative adjectives and psych-verbs, Hans Bennis
4. Voice morphology in the causative-inchoative alternation: evidence for a non unified structural analysis of unaccusatives, Artemis Alexiadou and Elena Anagnostopoulou
5. Unaccusative syntax and verbal alternations, David Embick
6. Against an unaccusative analysis of reflexives, Tanya Reinhart and Tal Siloni
7. Unaccusatives and anticausatives in German, Markus Steinbach
8. Syntactic unaccusativity in Russian, Maaike Schoorlemmer
9. Gradience at the lexicon-syntax interface: evidence from auxiliary selection, Antonella Sorace
10. Unaccusativity in Saramaccan: the syntax of resultatives, Tonjes Veenstra
11. The grammar machine, Hagit Borer
12. Acquiring unaccusativity: a cross-linguistic look, Janet Randall, Angeliek van Hout, Juergen Weissenborn and Harald Baayen

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