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In this paper I will analyze the causative-anticausative opposition from the point of view of semantic construal, and how syntax builds structures following semantic instructions that convey that information, without adding or deleting information. I will use causativity to analyze the tension that arises when a putatively universal semantic construal, (narrow-)syntactically instantiated, is to be materialized using limited, language-specific resources. This will touch on the subject offatcat:g6t36jnp7zhulnrdw2ddaqvcgq