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External Arguments in Transitivity Alternations: A Layering Approach

Artemis Alexiadou, Elena Anagnostopoulou, and Florian Schäfer


This book is an exploration of the syntax of external arguments in transitivity alternations from a cross-linguistic perspective. The empirical focus is the causative/anticausative alternation and the formation of (adjectival) Passives. The bulk of the discussion, couched within Distributed Morphology, is devoted to the properties of the (anti-)causative alternation, which the text takes to be a Voice alternation. It offers a detailed discussion of the morphological realization of anticausatives across languages, and argues that marked anticausatives involve expletive Voice and are not reflexi ... More

Keywords: causative alternation, anticausatives, Expletive Voice, Middle Voice, Passive Voice, Distributed Morphology, reflexives, adjectival participles, syncretism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199571949
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571949.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Artemis Alexiadou, author
University of Stuttgart

Elena Anagnostopoulou, author
University of Crete

Florian Schäfer, author
Department of Linguistics, University of Stuttgart