This chapter provides an introduction to the volume and to the topics discussed in later chapters. These topics include, in the first part of the book, theories of causation, formal semantics for causal constructions, force dynamics, and modality and causation. The second half of the book looks at issues such as the syntax–semantics interface, causativization and event structure, inadvertent cause, and event-structural prominence and forces in verb meaning shifts. Data are drawn from a range of languages including Vietnamese, Hindi, and Tohono O’odham.
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