Caused motion events as complex structures

Source document: Brno studies in English. 2008, vol. 33, iss. 1, pp. [59]-71
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From numerous works dealing with causative predicates it follows that their decomposition poses numerous problems. Decompositional formulas of causative events employ the abstract predicate 'cause' taking two arguments, the cause and the result. Causative events are thus represented as chains with the cause on the one pole and the result on the other: the causer x acts on the causee y, inducing a change in y. The resulting change in y may be either a process or a state. The present paper will focus on caused motion predicates. It will demonstrate that (a) caused motion events represent complex structures that may involve more than two subevents; the subevents are not only interrelated, but also display a hierarchical ordering, (b) in spite of being clearly discernible, the subevents do not have an autonomous status, (c) the interaction between the verb's specific causative structure and its lexico-semantic structure manifests itself at a syntactic level.
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