Causation in Grammatical Structures

Paperback | January 5, 2015

EditorBridget Copley, Fabienne Martin

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This book brings together research on the topic of causation from experts in the fields of linguistics, philosophy, and psychology. It seeks to arrive at a more sophisticated understanding both of how causal concepts are expressed in causal meanings, and how those meanings in turn areorganized into structures. Chapters address some of the most exciting current issues in the field, including the relata of causal relations; the representation of defeasible causation within verb phrases and at the level of modality; the difference between direct and indirect causal chains; and therepresentation of these chains in syntax.The book examines data from a wide variety of languages, such as Tohono O'odham, Finnish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Hindi, and Karachay-Balkar, and will be of interest to syntacticians and semanticists, as well as psycholinguists and philosophers, from graduate level upwards.

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This book brings together research on the topic of causation from experts in the fields of linguistics, philosophy, and psychology. It seeks to arrive at a more sophisticated understanding both of how causal concepts are expressed in causal meanings, and how those meanings in turn areorganized into structures. Chapters address some of ...

Bridget Copley is a chargee de recherche at the laboratory Structures Formelles du Langage, jointly affiliated with the Centre Nationale de la Recherche and the Universite Paris 8. Her research interests include the semantics and syntax-semantics interface of causation, aspect, futures, and modality. Copley received her Ph.D. in Lingui...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:January 5, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Bridget Copley and Fabienne Martin: IntroductionFrom Causal Theories to Causal Meanings2. Bridget Copley and Phillip Wolff: Theories of causation can and should inform linguistic theory3. Richmond H. Thomason: Formal semantics for causal constructions4. Max Kistler: Two types of causal statements5. Phillip Wolff: Force dynamics in causal meaning and reasoning6. Bridget Copley and Heidi Harley: Eliminating causative entailments with the force-dynamic framework: The case of the Tohono O'odham frustrative cem7. Tatjana Ilic: Modality and causation: Two sides of the same coin8. Paul Egre: Intentional action and the semantics of gradable expressions (on the Knobe Effect)From Causal Meanings to Causal Structures9. Fabienne Martin and Florian Schafer: Causation at the syntax-semantics interface10. Gillian Ramchand: Causal chains and instrumental case in Hindi/Urdu11. Sergei Tatevosov and Ekaterina Lyutikova: Causativization and event structure12. Nigel Duffield: Inadvertent cause and the unergative-unaccusative split in Vietnamese and English13. Raffaella Folli: Causatives and inchoatives in the lexicon and the syntax: evidence from Italian14. Anja Latrouite: Event-structural prominence and forces in verb meaning shift