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Telicity, Change, and StateA Cross-Categorial View of Event Structure$
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Violeta Demonte and Louise McNally

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693498

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693498.001.0001

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Conflation and incorporation processes in resultative constructions

Conflation and incorporation processes in resultative constructions

(p.252) 10 Conflation and incorporation processes in resultative constructions
Telicity, Change, and State

Jaume Mateu

Oxford University Press

An important division is shown to be drawn within resultative constructions in the light of Haugen’s (2009) distinction between conflation and incorporation. Those resultative constructions that involve conflation of a root with a null light verb are claimed to account for Washio’s (1997) strong resultatives. Furthermore, two subtypes of non-strong resultative patterns are shown to be distinguished within the incorporation type: the ones that involve incorporation of a result root (Washio’s weak resultatives) and the ones that involve a light/copular use of the verb and incorporation of P(ath) into the verb (those that involve the simple resultative pattern). Some relevant parallelisms are shown between Japanese resultatives and Italian phrasal verbs (both involve incorporation), and between English and Chinese strong resultative constructions (both involve conflation). Finally, an important connection between Talmy’s (2000) co-event conflation pattern and Snyder’s (2001) compounding parameter is established.

Keywords:   conflation, incorporation, resultative constructions, argument structure, lexical syntax, manner, path, result, Talmy’s typology, compounding parameter

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