Notes on fake causativization

The paper addresses the phenomenon I call ‘fake causativization’, whereby some occurrences of causative morphology do not contribute a subevent and its participant to the overall event structure. The main hypothesis advanced in this study is that fake causativization is triggered by a semantic relation between subevents in the syntactically represented event structure whenever it is different from the standard causal relation. This idea is implemented through nanosyntactic approach to spell-out and radical predicate decomposition, a theory of event structure that assumes relations between subevents to be syntactically represented independently of subevents themselves.