Shinshu-University Graduate School

An Analysis of a Causative Verb Have from the Cognitive Linguistic as well as the Contrastive Linguistics Perspective

A causative verb have has two peculiarities; (1) it has “lost” some of its original sense; the have in I had the doctor look at my leg does not have the sense of POSESS; (2) although the original sense of have / get is close to passive, it can be used not only in passives but also in causatives, which is very opposite to their Japanese counterpart, i.e., a Japanese causative verb (saseru) can be used as passive as well, but never vice versa. By closely looking at causatives with have as well as comparing the English and Japanese causatives, we will shed a new light on the causative have.

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