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The Morphosyntax of TransitionsA Case Study in Latin and Other Languages$
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Víctor Acedo-Matellán

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733287

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733287.001.0001

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A revision of Talmy’s typology

A revision of Talmy’s typology

(p.217) 6 A revision of Talmy’s typology
The Morphosyntax of Transitions

Víctor Acedo-Matellán

Oxford University Press

The split within the class of satellite-framed languages is further explored. Ancient Greek is shown as behaving like Latin and Slavic, its complex resultative constructions requiring the presence of a prefix. Germanic and Finno-Ugric are shown as behaving like strong satellite-framed languages. The importance of the interaction between agreement marking on the adjective and the univerbation of the verb and the result part of the complex event is shown through Icelandic and some varieties of Mandarin Chinese. The former, strong satellite-framed, allows the prefixation of the adjective in resultative constructions only when it is not marked for agreement. In the latter, weak satellite-framed, complex adjectival resultative constructions are possible, unlike in Latin or Slavic, because the resultative adjective does not show agreement marking and can thus be affixed to the verb. The rest of the chapter considers some works that have tackled the uneven availability of complex resultative constructions.

Keywords:   Ancient Greek, Icelandic, Germanic, Finno-Ugric, weak satellite-framed language, strong satellite-framed language, prefix, Mandarin Chinese, adjectival resultative constructions, agreement marking

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