On Projecting Causality
Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai
March 2024

An important aspect of the cartographic approach concerns its attempt to “syntacticize as much as possible the interpretive domains” (cf. Cinque & Rizzi 2008: 52). This move begs the question “syntax preempts semantics and pragmatic, but how?”. One way to think of the issue is to build a loosely organized syntactic hierarchy based upon the “height of interpretation”, a term borrowed from Hacquard (2006). As Ramchand & Svenonius (2014) shows, the traditional C-T-V split of a sentence structure may well reflect the ontological arrangement of proposition-situation-event (see also Platzack 2000; Wiltschko 2014). On the other hand, the cause-process-result hierarchy encoded by the first phase syntax in Ramchand’s (2008) sense is often extended beyond the vP periphery, manifesting itself up to the CP domain in Chinese, presumably due to its robust analyticity (cf. Huang 2015, Tsai 2015). In this paper, we propose to combine the insights from both projects, and see how the notion of causality can be projected along the clausal spine. Altogether there are three types of implicit causative projection that will be placed under our investigation. They all involve eventuality construals (in contrast to agentivity/activity) in the peripheral areas.
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keywords: causality, cartography, wh-adverb, reflexive adverbial, light verb, causative projection, semantics, syntax
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