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Inchoatives in causative clothing

Change of state in Modern Hebrew heXYiZ

Itamar Kastner
From the journal The Linguistic Review


The “causative” template heXYiZ in Hebrew is the morphological form of verbs which are usually transitive. I discuss cases in which specific roots give rise to the labile alternation, otherwise unattested in the language. A straightforward analysis is suggested for the majority of cases, based on causative Voice[+D]. This analysis is then extended to account for the labile exceptions, which inform how the idiosyncratic meaning of roots influences syntactic computation.


This paper is based on parts of Chapter 2 of my 2016 NYU dissertation; I am grateful to everyone who took the time to provide feedback on that work. More recently, thanks to audiences at the HU and to Odelia Ahdout for discussion, and to two reviewers for helpful critiques. This work was also supported by AL 554/8-1 (DFG Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Preis 2014 to Artemis Alexiadou).


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