Monday, 7 May 2012

Analytic Causatives: Second Order Agents

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 300):
From a transitive point of view, in these initiating structures there is a feature of cause added. … From an ergative point of view, these clauses simply add a feature of agency. If the clause already has an Agent in the structure, the only way this can be done is by using an analytic causative; this makes it possible to bring in an Agent of the second order …