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.
|Number of pages
|Selected papers on theoretical and applied linguistics
|Published - 1989