Raffaella Folli, Heidi Harley
Lingua 118.2, 190-202.
Publication year: 2008

In this paper, we consider a number of phenomena in English, and other languages (Italian, Greek, Russian) involving external arguments where prima facie animacy seems to constrain grammaticality. Our discussion comes to the conclusions that, at least in the cases under analysis, a more appropriate notion should be evoked, i.e. the notion of teleological capability and that the inherent abilities of an entity to participate in an event is at the basis of its grammatical occurrence.