Valence Changing Operation (definition)

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Valence changing operations describe syntactic alternations in which the number of arguments of a verb (i.e., its syntactic valence) changes. These alternations are thought to be the result of operations which increase or decrease the lexically-determined valence of a verb. Passivization, for instance, demotes a core argument (the subject) to a non-core argument, and optionally deletes it.

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