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What is a causative?

 

Definition
 

A causative is a grammatical or lexical indication of the causal role of a referent in relation to an event or state expressed by a verb.

Discussion
 

A causative may be indicated by a

 
Examples (English)
 
  • Herod had John killed.
  • The sun solidified the mixture.
Sources
 

Crystal 1985 44–45

 

Elson and Pickett 1988 31

 

Faust 1973 70


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