Blocking and causatives: unexpected competition across derivations

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/139392
Title:
Blocking and causatives: unexpected competition across derivations
Author:
Miyagawa, Shigeru
Affiliation:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Publisher:
University of Arizona Linguistics Circle
Journal:
Coyote Papers: Working Papers in Linguistics, Linguistic Theory at the University of Arizona
Issue Date:
2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/139392
Abstract:
The Japanese causative verb exhibits the effects of blocking, whereby a causative verb (V-sase) is blocked from taking on lexical meaning if there is a competing lexical causative verb (Miyagawa (1980, 1984)). Given that the causative verb is most reasonably viewed as being formed in syntax, the blocking effect leads to the conclusion that the lexical causatives also are formed in syntax, contrary to the traditional view. A similar blocking effect is observed with English causatives formed with make, and this, together with what we can observe in Japanese, suggest that blocking is best viewed as one that arises in the process of deriving the causative verb (e.g., Embick and Marantz (2008)), and not as a result of a filter on the output of the generative component (e.g., Kiparsky (2005)).
Type:
Article; text
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
0894-4539

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dc.contributor.authorMiyagawa, Shigeruen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-10T20:50:52Z-
dc.date.available2011-08-10T20:50:52Z-
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.identifier.issn0894-4539-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/139392-
dc.description.abstractThe Japanese causative verb exhibits the effects of blocking, whereby a causative verb (V-sase) is blocked from taking on lexical meaning if there is a competing lexical causative verb (Miyagawa (1980, 1984)). Given that the causative verb is most reasonably viewed as being formed in syntax, the blocking effect leads to the conclusion that the lexical causatives also are formed in syntax, contrary to the traditional view. A similar blocking effect is observed with English causatives formed with make, and this, together with what we can observe in Japanese, suggest that blocking is best viewed as one that arises in the process of deriving the causative verb (e.g., Embick and Marantz (2008)), and not as a result of a filter on the output of the generative component (e.g., Kiparsky (2005)).en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona Linguistics Circleen_US
dc.titleBlocking and causatives: unexpected competition across derivationsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.identifier.journalCoyote Papers: Working Papers in Linguistics, Linguistic Theory at the University of Arizonaen_US
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