David Gil gil at EVA.MPG.DE
Tue Jun 24 15:19:18 UTC 2008

Andrew Koontz-Garboden wrote:
> Can you get the transitive uses of crack with natural force subjects
> in Hebrew and German?  E.g., The earthquake cracked the mirror. ?
Not in Hebrew.
> There's a great paper by McKoon and Macfarland in Language 2000 that
> shows that, at least in English, with internally caused COS verbs
> (which perhaps German and Hebrew 'crack' are?  There are diagnostics
> that can be used to test...), although agentive transitive uses are
> very rare in naturally occurring uses, transitive uses with a
> non-agentive causer are not at all uncommon.
David Gil

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