We examine copy raising in two closely related Germanic languages, English and Swedish, and offer a formal analysis of its syntax and semantics. We develop a new event semantics analysis of copy raising. In addition to augmenting the body of empirical data on copy raising, we show that copy raising yields novel insights into a number of key theoretical issues, in particular: language and perception, the theory of arguments and thematic roles, and the broader semantics of control and raising.

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Keywords Arguments, Control, Copy raising, Event semantics, Perception verbs, Raising, Thematic roles, Variation
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11049-012-9168-2
Journal Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Asudeh, A, & Toivonen, I. (2012). Copy raising and perception. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 30(2), 321–380. doi:10.1007/s11049-012-9168-2