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A unified treatment of the exceptions to the Agent/ECM Correlation
Yuki Ito
LSA Annual Meeting Extended Abstracts, 2015-4-13
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<jats:p>&lt;p&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';"&gt;Based on the contrast between the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPS'; font-style: italic;"&gt;believe-class &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';"&gt;and the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPS'; font-style: italic;"&gt;wager-class &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';"&gt;verbs, Pesetsky (1992) makes a generalization that agentive verbs do not allow ECM (the Agent/ECM Correlation). &lt;span style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';"&gt;However, he notes two classes of exceptions to the generalization.&lt;/span&gt; I argue that the two classes of exceptions can be uniformly treated as causatives and that the Agent/ECM Correlation can be seen as an instance of the broader l-syntax finding that “not all internal arguments are created equal”–with agentive activity verbs the root selects an internal argument, but not with change-of-state verbs (Basilico 1998, Hale and Keyser 2002, Alexiadou and Schäfer 2011, Cuervo 2014). &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;</jats:p>
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