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The Unaccusativity PuzzleExplorations of the Syntax-Lexicon Interface$
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Artemis Alexiadou, Elena Anagnostopoulou, and Martin Everaert

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257652

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257652.001.0001

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Gradience at the Lexicon–Syntax Interface: Evidence from Auxiliary Selection and Implications for Unaccusativity

Gradience at the Lexicon–Syntax Interface: Evidence from Auxiliary Selection and Implications for Unaccusativity

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(p.243) 9 Gradience at the Lexicon–Syntax Interface: Evidence from Auxiliary Selection and Implications for Unaccusativity
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The Unaccusativity Puzzle
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Antonella Sorace

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257652.003.0010

This chapter shows that the Auxiliary Selection Hierarchy provides a generalization that captures the systematic variation exhibited by intransitive verbs in their choice of auxiliary across a number of languages. By doing so, it offers a stronger empirical basis to a range of observations and data that had been presented in the literature on split intransitivity. The ASH also accounts for the developmental paths followed by second-language learners of Italian and French, who start acquiring auxiliary selection from core verbs and are more likely to retain non-native intuitions with respect to non-core verbs at advanced stages of development. Further research is needed to corroborate the still limited evidence that the ASH may underlie not only auxiliary selection but also other syntactic reflexes of split intransitivity.

Keywords:   Auxiliary Selection Hierarchy, Unaccusative Hypothesis, intransitivity, ASH

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