General Linguistics

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Bar-Asher Siegal EA, Boneh N. Sufficient and Necessary Conditions for a Non-Unified Analysis of Causation. the 36th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL). Forthcoming;36.Abstract


Given that causative linguistic constructions are divisible into three parts: i) a cause (c); ii) an effect (e); and iii) the dependency (D) between (c) and (e), in studying the nature of (D), one should examine whether a one, all-encompassing, causative meaning component underlying the diverse linguistic phenomena is a justifiable position, or rather different ones should be distinguished for the various causative constructions. Only recently several philosophers argued in favor of theories of causal pluralism, allowing the co-existence of different notions of causation; some cognitive studies also indicate that people have a pluralistic conception of causation, similarly it has been proposed that the semantic content of (D) is different in various constructions, tracing whether the main verb encodes a necessary or a sufficient condition. This paper expands on this latter line of thought by focusing on the types of dependencies encoded within three verbal constructions in Hebrew, considering crucially whether these dependencies are asserted and/or presupposed. It argues, therefore, in favor of a non-unified semantic analysis for (D) denoted by the three verbal causative constructions to be passed under review here: overt causatives, verbs of change of state and caused activity verbs. According to the current proposal: Overt causatives assert necessary conditions;  change of states causatives assert necessary conditions and presuppose potential sufficient conditions; and Caused activities only presuppose potential sufficient conditions.


Bar-Asher Siegal EA. The Semitic templates from the perspective of reciprocal predicates. Proceedings of the 10th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting. 2016 :16-30. the_semitic_templates_from_the_perspecti.pdf
Bar-Asher Siegal EA, Boneh N. Non-core datives in Modern Hebrew. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics [Internet]. 2015 :22. Publisher's Version
Bar-Asher Siegal EA ed. Proceeding of 31st annual meeting of the Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics; 2017 pp. 152.