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'.[4]


  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.
  4. ^ Fábregas, Antonio. "SE in Spanish: Properties, structures and analyses". Borealis – An International Journal of Hispanic Linguistics. 10 (2). doi:10.7557/ hdl:10037/23421.