Conflation and incorporation processes in resultative constructions

Jaume Mateu

in Telicity, Change, and State

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693498
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741715 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Conflation and incorporation processes in resultative constructions

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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

Chapter.  10268 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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