"Polymorphic" Causatives: Complex Predicates in French

Annie Zaenen and Mary Dalrymple

The French causative construction is a complex predicate construction, in which multiple predicative elements combine to form a single syntactic predicate. In example (1), the two verbs faire "cause" and venir 'come' combine to give rise to a syntactically monoclansal structure with a complex semantic representation:

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