Assessing Unaccusativity and Reflexivity: Using focus alternatives to decide what gets which theta role
Dominique Sportiche
January 2014
 

Prepublication version. We use focus alternatives to show that simple French (and English) reflexives constructions (Jean se rase/John shaves himself) can't have an unaccusative derivation (subject can't be an underlyingly internal argument). A priori, this reasoning should easily generalize to simple reflexive constructions (or other constructions where possible ambiguity arises at to what get which theta role) in other languages.
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Reference: lingbuzz/002080
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Published in: Linguistic Inquiry
keywords: reflexive, reflexvivity, unaccusative, focus, argument structure, syntax, syntax
previous versions: v1 [January 2014]
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