Causative VP-omission in English: North East Linguistic Society 52

R. Stockwell, M. Tyler

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In English, the causation verbs 'make' and 'let' allow their following VP to be omitted; e.g. "I made/let Chris play the drums before I made/let Sam (play the drums)". We show that ‘causative VP-omission’ involves Null Complement Anaphora rather than predicate ellipsis, restricts the thematic role of the causee to being an agent, and is impossible with causative-'have' (though is possible with experiencer-'have' for some speakers).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2 Dec 2022
EventNorth East Linguistics Society 52 - Rutgers University Department of Linguistics, New Brunswick, United States
Duration: 29 Oct 202131 Oct 2021


ConferenceNorth East Linguistics Society 52
Abbreviated titleNELS 52
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Brunswick
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