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Causation in Grammatical Structures$
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Bridget Copley and Fabienne Martin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199672073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672073.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Causation in Grammatical Structures

Bridget Copley

Fabienne Martin

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   causal constructions, modality, force dynamics, causativization, syntax–semantics interface

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