Causatives: the relation between form and meaning

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Causatives: the relation between form and meaning

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Causatives: the relation between form and meaning
Author: Nijboer, Jeffrey
Issue Date: 2015
Abstract: Shibatani & Pardeshi (2002) have argued that there is a continuum from direct to indirect causatives and that there is a connection between that continuum and the productivity of the causative form. They have also proposed a hypothesis on causative-applicative syncretism. Meanwhile Dixon (2012) has found a correlation between the ‘compactness’ of causative forms and how those forms score on nine parameters. This thesis analyses causative constructions in a geographically and genetically balanced sample of nine languages to check whether these hypotheses hold. This thesis concludes that there is no evidence against these hypotheses and that any possible counterevidence encountered in the sample can be explained on the basis of one these hypotheses.
Supervisor: Crevels, Mily
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Taalwetenschap (Bachelor)
Specialisation: Taalbeschrijving
ECTS Credits: 10

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