Unaccusativity and verbs of motion

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This paper studies the relative contributions of syntax and semantics to unaccusative phenomena through the study of the behavior of verbs of motion with respect to a variety of unaccusative phenomena. Three classes of intransitive verbs of motion are introduced, which are cross-classified by unaccusative diagnostics. This cross-classification is explained once the syntactic and semantic aspects of unaccusativity are isolated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-140
Number of pages28
JournalSelected papers on theoretical and applied linguistics
StatePublished - 1989

Bibliographical note

2nd Symposium on English and Greek: Description and/or Comparison of the Two Languages, Thessaloniki 28-30 March 1988


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