Animacy in Blackfoot

Elizabeth Ritter, Sara Thomas Rosen

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Alternations between 'transitive' and 'intransitive' verbs in Blackfoot signal neither an aspectual shift nor the addition or suppression of internal arguments. Rather, 'transitive' morphology formally licenses DP objects; 'intransitive' morphology allows NP, CP, or no object. The relevant morphology, which constitutes v, also determines animacy and theta-role of the external argument.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191720536
ISBN (Print)9780199544325
StatePublished - 1 May 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Animacy
  • Argument structure
  • Aspect
  • Blackfoot
  • Little v

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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