Coding of Causer and Causee; Causative Psych Verbs
chao.li at AYA.YALE.EDU
Sat Sep 27 17:04:26 UTC 2014
I appreciate your taking the time to think about and respond to my inquiry.
The two examples make me wonder about two things. First, is 'fear' in the
second example really lexically causative? Second, if intentionality is a
relevant factor, would a form analogous to the first example be unable to
be used to express 'The scarecrow frightened the sparrows'?
On Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 11:39 AM, E. Bashir <ebashir at yahoo.com> wrote:
> In the case of Hindi or Urdu (probably many other languages as well), the
> coding differs depenting on whether the causing is intentional or not. For
> example, the Hindi or Urdu:
> us ne mujhe/mujh ko ḍarāyā
> 3sg-ERG me/me frightened
> S/he frightened me. (+ intentionality of causer)
> mãĩ us-se ḍartā hū̃
> 1sg 3sg-from fear
> I fear him/her. (+/- intentionality of causer)
> E. Bashir
> *From:* Chao Li <chao.li at AYA.YALE.EDU>
> *To:* LINGTYP at LISTSERV.LINGUISTLIST.ORG
> *Sent:* Friday, September 26, 2014 9:23 PM
> *Subject:* Coding of Causer and Causee; Causative Psych Verbs
> Dear All,
> I was wondering whether anyone was aware of (i) any language in which the
> causer of a causative psych verb like 'frighten' or 'amuse' (or
> 'annoy'/'irritate') is coded differently from the A(gent) argument of a
> typical monotransitive verb like 'destroy' or 'catch' OR (ii) any language
> in which the causee of a causative psych verb is coded differently from the
> P(atient) argument of a typical monotransitive verb.
> Any information or pointer would be greatly appreciated.
> Best regards,
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