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The Unaccusativity Puzzle: Explorations of the Syntax-Lexicon Interface

Artemis Alexiadou, Elena Anagnostopoulou, and Martin Everaert


The phenomenon of unaccusativity is a central focus for the study of the complex properties of verb classes. The Unaccusative Hypothesis, first formulated in 1978, claimed that there are two classes of intransitive verbs: the unaccusative (Jill arrived) and the unergative or agentive (Jill sings). The hypothesis has provided a rich context for debating whether syntactic behaviour 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 and contains several ch ... More

Keywords: Unaccusative Hypothesis, intransitive verbs, unergative, agentive, syntactic behaviour, syntactic context, unaccusativity diagnostics, special morphology, second-language lexicon

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199257652
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257652.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Artemis Alexiadou, editor
University of Potsdam

Elena Anagnostopoulou, editor
University of Crete
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Martin Everaert, editor
Utrecht Institute of Linguistics
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