Braun, Antonia (2022). Die Dativ/Akkusativ-Alternation in der spanischen Kausativkonstruktion hacer + Infinitiv – Die Agentivität des Causee. Masters thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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This master thesis deals with the case variation (dative/accusative) of the Causee within the Spanish causative construction hacer + infinitive, positing that this variation is, to some extent, driven by semantic factors. The influence of agentivity of the Causee on case marking is explored in an acceptability judgment task employing a 2x3 design and a seven-point acceptability scale. Agentivity is defined in accordance with Dowty's (1991) proto-role model and varied systematically via the semantics of the embedded verb. The statistical analysis yields no significant influence of agentivity on case alternation. Potential explanations for this outcome include challenges in systematically varying agentivity and the issue of embedded agentivity. Subsequent research is needed to conclusively determine the role of agentivity on case alternation within causative constructions.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters thesis)
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-723404
Series Name at the University of Cologne: Papers on Prominence
Volume: 14
Date: 2022
Language: German
Faculty: Collaborative Research Centers
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 3: Deutsche Sprache und Literatur > Institut für Deutsche Sprache und Literatur I
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 5: Moderne Sprachen und Kulturen > Romanisches Seminar
Collaborative Research Centers > CRC 1252: Prominence in Language
Collaborative Research Centers > CRC 1252: Prominence in Language > TP B04
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Causative, Causative construction, Causee, Causer, Case alternation, Case variation, Dative, Accusative, Agentivity, Transitivity, Intransitive verb, Semantics, Syntax-semantics interface, Clitic, Proto-rolesEnglish
Date of oral exam: 2022
NameAcademic Title
García García, MarcoProf. Dr.
von Heusinger, KlausProf. Dr.
Refereed: Yes


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