Autocausative refers to a type of reflexive that denotes " in an overwhelming majority of cases, change of location or motion which the (human) referent causes by his own activity."[1] In this kind of event, "the mind or will of an Animate entity initiates some movement of their own body [...] or a part thereof"[2] The (usually animated) "referent represented by the subject combines the activity of actor and undergoes a change of state like a patient/subject".[3] Fábregas (2021) gives Spanish examples with "verbs of displacement, such as mudarse 'to move' [in the sense of changing domicile], moverse 'to displace', desplazarse 'to displace'," and "internal bodily motion, such as agitarse 'to shake', removerse 'to fidget', revolverse 'toss and turn'.


  1. ^ Geniušienė, Emma (1987). The Typology of reflexives. Empirical approaches to language typology. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-11-010677-0.
  2. ^ Gaby, Alice (2023-06-13), Bowern, Claire (ed.), "Reflexives and reciprocals", The Oxford Guide to Australian Languages (1 ed.), Oxford University PressOxford, pp. 360–377, doi:10.1093/oso/9780198824978.003.0031, ISBN 978-0-19-882497-8, retrieved 2023-12-05
  3. ^ Parry, Mair (1998). "The reinterpretation of the reflexive in Piedmontese: 'impersonal' SE constructions". Transactions of the Philological Society. 96 (1): 63–116. doi:10.1111/1467-968X.00024. ISSN 0079-1636.