On interpretation of resultatives with locative alternation verbs

Tsuneko Nakazawa

Abstract


Resultative phrases in Japanese are generally believed to be predicated of the object of transitive verbs just like English counterparts (e.g., I painted the car yellow). However, some exceptions are also known in which resultatives describe an oblique argument (e.g., otoko-wa kabe-ni penki-o akaku nutta ‘the man smeared paint on the wall (so that the wall became) red)'. Using BCCWJ-NT corpus data, this paper shows that resultatives with locative alternation verbs in Japanese are generally interpreted as description of the argument that is lexically specified to undergo a change of state, rather than of the direct object.

Keywords


resultative construction; the Direct Object Restriction; locative alternation; argument realization; Japanese

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v5i1.4710

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