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Volume 36, Issue 3


Inchoatives in causative clothing

Change of state in Modern Hebrew heXYiZ

Itamar Kastner
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Published Online: 2019-03-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/tlr-2019-2025


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.

Keywords: degree achievement; causative; Hebrew; inchoative; morphology


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Published Online: 2019-03-29

Published in Print: 2019-09-25

Citation Information: The Linguistic Review, Volume 36, Issue 3, Pages 437–451, ISSN (Online) 1613-3676, ISSN (Print) 0167-6318, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/tlr-2019-2025.

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