Publication details [#64671]

Samardžić, Tanja and Paola Merlo. 2018. The probability of external causation: An empirical account of crosslinguistic variation in lexical causatives. Linguistics 56 (5) : 895–938.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


This corpus-driven computational study explores why some verbs in some languages participate in the causative alternation while their counterparts in other languages do not. The results of this study propose that the lexical attribute that underlies this variation is the probability of external causation.