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MORPHOLOGY: a process by which the external argument of the base becomes the internal argument of the derived word. Internalization has two stages. First, the addition of a new external argument, and then demotion of the old external argument to internal position. EXAMPLE: the English adjective modern has the external argument theme (the factory is modern). If the verbal suffix -ize is added, this theme argument becomes the internal argument due to the fact that -ize itself supplies the external argument agent (they modernized the factory).
LIT. Di Sciullo, A. M. and E. Williams (1987)
Spencer, A. (1991)
Williams, E. (1981b)