Causativity and Transitivity in Igbò

Maduabuchi Sennen Agbo
2015 Journal of Universal Language  
The universal grammatical concept of causativity has received little attention from Igbo grammar scholars. On the contrary, the equally universal concept of transitivity is well studied but with attendant controversial issues. Nevertheless, the notions of causativity and transitivity are represented by the morpho-semantic properties of the Igbo verb. This study investigates these morphosyntactic properties in order to identify the contrasts between causativity and transitivity. The
more » ... y. The investigation involves an analysis of the predicate and event structures of the Igbo verb. This leads to the conclusion that the contrast between transitivity and causativity in Igbo lies in the event structure of the verb. Verbs with transitivity features represent single events in their conceptualisation while causative verbs represent two sequential events in their conceptualisation.
doi:10.22425/jul.2015.16.2.1 fatcat:tb7yxnbri5az7j5vtpip6dn5vy