Control, causation and Google countsŽ1 | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171



This contribution is a review of Chapter 5.2 of Broekhuis & Corver’s (2015) (pp. 765-935). The chapter describes Dutch infinitival constructions from a formal perspective. In this review I share several theoretical, descriptive and methodological considerations, which relate to the status of control as a purely syntactic phenomenon, the semantic and geographic variation of Dutch causative constructions, and the problems with using Google counts from the World Wide Web when writing a (formal) grammar.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): causatives; control; infinitival constructions; World Wide Web
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