Causative Constructions
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1. Causative Constructions

A causative construction denotes a complex event referring to a causative situation, where an initial event (causing event) brings about another event (caused event); see e.g., Shibatani (1976), Comrie (1981), Parsons (1990), Kulikov (2001). From a typological point of view, causatives can be divided into: (1) analytic (or syntactic, periphrastic) causativ…

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Bianca BASCIANO, “Causative Constructions”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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