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Aspectual composition in causatives

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Abstract

In this paper we examine the aspectual composition in non-derived verbs and in derived <i>causative verbs</i>. We consider <i>two types of aspectual composition</i> that can be found in languages: in the English type telicity of a verb is determined by the reference properties of its direct object; in the Russian type, an obligatory telic verb imposes quantization on its direct object. We present the data about those indirect causatives where, in a Russian type context, the English type of aspectual composition emerges. We propose that this occurs due to the <i>event structure</i> of the causative and the semantics and syntax of the aspectual operator responsible for the obligatory telicity.

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