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Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure$
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Malka Rappaport Hovav, Edit Doron, and Ivy Sichel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544325

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544325.001.0001

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Animacy in Blackfoot

Animacy in Blackfoot

Implications for Event Structure and Clause Structure

(p.124) 7 Animacy in Blackfoot
Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure

Elizabeth Ritter

Sara Thomas Rosen

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Alternations between ‘transitive’ and ‘intransitive’ verbs in Blackfoot signal neither an aspectual shift nor the addition or suppression of internal arguments. Rather, ‘transitive’ morphology formally licenses DP objects; ‘intransitive’ morphology allows NP, CP, or no object. The relevant morphology, which constitutes v, also determines animacy and theta‐role of the external argument.

Keywords:   Blackfoot, argument structure, aspect, animacy, little v

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