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Atelicity and anticausativization

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Abstract

Various interactions between <i>argument structure</i> and <i>eventuality type</i> are currently attracting much attention. In this paper, we contribute to the field by examining one specific type of such an interaction not much addressed in the literature so far &#8212; that between <i>anticausativization</i> and <i>(a)telicity</i> of a verbal predicate. We focus on how anticausativization affects the range of interpretations of <i>non-culminating accomplishments</i>, showing that proper understanding of this phenomenon has far-reaching consequences for the analysis of (the denotation of) <i>v</i>P. We argue that <i>inertia modality</i> can be introduced at different levels within vP, and this explains why different kinds of non-culmination are affected by the anticausative in different ways.

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