On interpretation of resultatives with locative alternation verbs

Authors

  • Tsuneko Nakazawa University of Tokyo

DOI:

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

Keywords:

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

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.

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Published

2020-03-23

How to Cite

Nakazawa, Tsuneko. 2020. “On Interpretation of Resultatives With Locative Alternation Verbs”. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America 5 (1): 308–322. https://doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v5i1.4710.