Tubino Blanco Colloquium

April 30
3:30-5pm
Pick 016
Western Michigan University
Verb meaning and argument realization in Southern Peninsular Spanish dialects

The different patterns on the direct (i.e., lexical) causativization exhibited by intransitive verbs are a fundamental topic in the lexical semantics area. The possibilities and restrictions observed in the causativization of intransitives have always triggered divisions in their classification (Levin & Rappaport Hovav 1995) beyond the classical inergative-unaccusative distinction proposed by Perlmutter 1978. Spanish is an interesting language to explore the limits between possibilities and restrictions regarding this phenomenon, given the syntactic variation exhibited by its different dialects. In this paper we explore this variation in the form of contrasts between intransitive predicates that resist lexical causativization in Standard Spanish, such as caer ‘fall’ and entrar ‘go in’, that allow it in certain dialects such as Andalusian Spanish, exploring the relationship between such patterns and other phenomena such as the eventive structure obtained as a consequence of the composition of the verbs under study and other syntactic elements such as reflexive se.