A Grammar of Modern Latvian (Slavistic Printings and by Trevor G. Fenell, Henriki Gelson

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When making the comment Goldberg was discussing a different type of verb, but the comment is relevant to the present class of verbs, involving the caused motion construction. However, rather than positing such double entries for verbs such as horrify that are normally used with two arguments, it is possible to appeal to the notion of a construction to account for causative uses, and to say that the relevant part of the meaning of a sentence such as (18) is a combination of the meanings of the matrix verb and of the caused motion construction.

For their part, the class of verbs that express the arousing of fear, irritation, anger, annoyance, confusion, or surprise are somewhat disparate, but the verbs of the class highlight an element of emotion. If the taxonomy is on the right lines, it appears that about a hundred years ago, verbs selecting the transitive into -ing pattern tended to express caused motion by means of deception or exerting force or by means of arousing an emotion. A surprising feature of the taxonomy is how rare verbs of talking tended to be with the pattern a hundred years ago.

And this would be a pity ... (e) In the same way as the flower needs the warming rays of the sun to bring it forth from potentiality into bloom, so our Buddhanature requires an outside force to draw it into awakening. (f) They’re both good soldiers. If I could contact either of them, I could probably talk them into helping her find the kid – for the right price, of course. (g) ... to take on most of the domestic chores. “Well, he doesn’t really do it properly” or “He’s had a hard day” are surprisingly common excuses.

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