On the l-syntax of manner and causation

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So-called <i>Manner conflation</i> has been argued to be a local process whose semantic interpretation is syntactically determined (Mateu 2002; Mateu &amp; Rigau 2002; McIntyre 2004; Harley 2005; Zubizarreta &amp; Oh 2007). Following this trend, I show how the present modification of Hale &amp; Keyser&#8217;s (2005) l(exical)-syntactic analysis of some Manner verbs (esp. <i>splash/smear</i> verbs) naturally leads us to revise Talmy&#8217;s (1991, 2000) Manner conflation processes. After discussing the proper treatment of some complex causative constructions that involve Manner conflation, I claim that the present Hale&amp;Keyserian perspective can provide us with the right balance between a conservative proposal like Folli &amp; Harley&#8217;s (2006) and a radical one like Borer&#8217;s (2005).


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