query: Inventory of unaccusative verbs
bingfu at USC.EDU
Sat Mar 28 01:11:41 UTC 1998
The semantic scope of unaccusative verbs varies
from language to language. In Chinese, it contains tree
types of verbs: presence verbs ('to be'
'exist'), appearance verbs ('come' 'arrive') and
disapearance verbs ('disappear', 'vanish', 'die').
If there-construction is taken as one
criterion for unaccusative verbs, then,
dissapearance verbs are not unaccusative verbs, as
There appeared a man in the hill.
But * There disappeared a man in the hill.
Now, my question is:
How about in other languages? Does your native
language patterns with Chinese or English?
Any information will be most welcome
and I will make a summary after I get sufficient corresponses.
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