The Problems of Transitivity Studies and Its Solution

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Transitivity is an important grammatical issue and has been a hot topic in linguistic theories. It has been studied from different approaches. This paper aims to describe the main features and propositions about transitivity in the view of different theories. After pointing out the unsolved problems of traditional and typological views, the paper believes that cognitive approach to transitivity is promising.

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Wang, H. (2015) The Problems of Transitivity Studies and Its Solution. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 3, 170-176. doi: 10.4236/jss.2015.310023.

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