piacere

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In this psych verb, the theme argument has subject coding properties, since it controls agreement of the finite verb, whilst the experiencer has behavioural subjects properties, since it controls the omitted argument in subordinate infinitives clauses, as respectively i fiori and Mario in (i):
(i)
A Mario piacciono talmente i fiori da aver organizzato una serra in un angolo della casa (Bentley 2006: 115)
'Mario likes flowers so much that he has organized a greenhouse in a corner of his house.'

Coding frame

Simplex Verb form

Examples

(6)
A Mario piacciono le equazioni.
a
to
Mario
Mario
piaccio-no
like.PRS-3PL
le
ART.DEF.F.PL
equazion-i
equation-F.PL
‘Mario likes equations.’
(766)
Marco piace a tutti per il suo coraggio.
Marco
Mark
piac-e
like-PRS.3SG
a
to
tutt-i
all-M.PL
per
for
il
ART.DEF.M.SG
su-o
his-M.SG
coraggi-o
courage-M.SG
‘Everybody likes Mark for his courage.’
(801)
Gli piace la matematica.
gli
DAT.3SG.M
piac-e
like-PRS.3SG
la
ART.DEF.F.SG
matematic-a
maths-F.SG
‘He likes Maths.’

Verb meaning , Microroles , Coding sets and Argument types

# LIKE Coding set Argument type
1 liker a+NP X
2 liked entity V.subj S

Alternations

Alternation name Occurs Examples
C
R y
(9)
‘Anne and Luke immediatly liked each other.’
U
R n
(7)
‘The teacher gets the students to like Maths.’
U
N n
C
N y
C
N y
C
N y
U
N n
C
N y
C
R y
(13)
‘She didn’t like herself and that’s why she didn’t look at herself in the mirror.’
U
R n
(767)
‘Everbody likes Mark's courage.’
C
N y
U
N n
C
N y
C
N y
C
R y
(141)
‘One likes oneself/You like yourself/We like ourselves/They (indef.) like themselves.’
C
N y
U
N n
U
N n
U
N n
C
N y