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Semantic and (morpho)syntactic constraints on anticausativization: evidence from Latin and Old Norse-Icelandic

(2015) LINGUISTICS. 53(4). p.677-729
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The diachrony of valency patterns is generally an understudied phenomenon. The present article investigates anticausativization from a diachronic perspective, highlighting the parameters determining the morphosyntactic encoding of this type of intransitivization in two early Western Indo-European languages, Latin and Old Norse-Icelandic. It is shown that the structural and lexical aspects of a verb’s meaning and their interplay with the inherent and relational characteristics of verbal arguments affect the synchronic distribution and the diachronic development of the anticausativation strategies in the languages investigated. These features interact, in the course of time, with changes in the encoding of voice and grammatical relations, such as the demise of the synthetic mediopassive and the recasting of the case system.
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CONSTRUCTION, GOTHIC WEAK VERBS, HISTORY, GRAMMAR, Latin, Old Norse-Icelandic, anticausativization, middle, mediopassive, reflexive, active intransitive, oblique intransitive, aspect, control, case marking

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Cennamo, Michela, Thórhallur Eythórsson, and Johanna Barddal. 2015. “Semantic and (morpho)syntactic Constraints on Anticausativization: Evidence from Latin and Old Norse-Icelandic.” Linguistics 53 (4): 677–729.
APA
Cennamo, M., Eythórsson, T., & Barddal, J. (2015). Semantic and (morpho)syntactic constraints on anticausativization: evidence from Latin and Old Norse-Icelandic. LINGUISTICS, 53(4), 677–729.
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Cennamo M, Eythórsson T, Barddal J. Semantic and (morpho)syntactic constraints on anticausativization: evidence from Latin and Old Norse-Icelandic. LINGUISTICS. 2015;53(4):677–729.
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Cennamo, Michela, Thórhallur Eythórsson, and Johanna Barddal. “Semantic and (morpho)syntactic Constraints on Anticausativization: Evidence from Latin and Old Norse-Icelandic.” LINGUISTICS 53.4 (2015): 677–729. Print.
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  author       = {Cennamo, Michela and Eyth{\'o}rsson, Th{\'o}rhallur and Barddal, Johanna},
  issn         = {0024-3949},
  journal      = {LINGUISTICS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {677--729},
  title        = {Semantic and (morpho)syntactic constraints on anticausativization: evidence from Latin and Old Norse-Icelandic},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/ling-2015-0015},
  volume       = {53},
  year         = {2015},
}

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