By Hans C. Boas
Offering a unified answer in the frameworks of development Grammar and body Semantics, Hans Boas develops an account of resultative buildings in English via grouping them in sessions: conventionalized and non-conventionalized. The usage-based version used the following proposes that every specific experience of a verb constitutes a conventionalized mini-construction, that is the most important info for the licensing of arguments. against this, verbs in non-conventionalized resultative structures can collect a unique which means and thereby a brand new syntactic body. English and German resultatives are in comparison to illustrate the specific lexical polysemy networks of English and German verbs.
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Thus , the theta-role assignmcnt mcchanism and its status as a constraint on combining different lexical itcms in a construction does not adequately explain the abov巳 data. 21) a. Rachel drank herself silly. b. *Rachel drank Mathias silly. ACd a VJ 川u '咀 LULU ll E-,. 22a-b) we again see that the SCs are exact counterparts of their fully inflected clauses such that the SC subject is a valid subject of the SC predicate. However , once the SC combines with the matrix verb , the overall structure becomes unacceptable.
ACd a VJ 川u '咀 LULU ll E-,. 22a-b) we again see that the SCs are exact counterparts of their fully inflected clauses such that the SC subject is a valid subject of the SC predicate. However , once the SC combines with the matrix verb , the overall structure becomes unacceptable. 21a唰 b). 2 above). From our discussion it must be conc1 uded that Aarts' analysis of spatialresultative constructions does not adequately capture the distribution of resultative constructions. 23) VP /\\ VP XP /\\ V NP where XP is a resultative predicate phrase (Aarts 1992: 59) After rejecting Rothstein's (1 983) analysis which seeks to explain the distribution of resultatives in terms of lexical selection of the matrix verb , Aarts reviews proposals made by McCawley (1 971) and Fabb (1984) that attempt to analyze resu It ative constructions in terms of semantic restrictions.
1 then discuss models that employ Predication Theory as their guiding principle in order to capture the distribution of resu Itative constructions (Wi Jl iams 1983 , Rothstein 1985 , Napoli 1988 , 1989 , 1992 , and Carrier and Randall 1992 , among others) Small Clause Theory and Predication Theory both attempt to account for the distribution of resultative constructions primarily in terms of syntactic mechanisms. In Chapter 3 1 take a look at a number of proposals which take event structure to be crucial for the licensing of resultative constructions.