English Resultatives

A force-recipient account

Seizi Iwata | Kansai University
ISBN 9789027204912 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027261595 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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The objective of this book is to develop a force-recipient account of English resultatives. Within this approach the post-verbal NP is a recipient of a verbal force, whether it is a subcategorized object or not, and the verbal force being exerted onto the post-verbal NP is responsible for bringing about the change as specified by the result phrase. It is shown that many apparent puzzles posed by English resultatives are due to the complex interplay between the verb meaning and the constructional meaning, or between the verb meaning and the semantics of the result phrase. Thus the proposed account can provide answers to the question “Which resultatives are possible and which are not?” in a coherent way. Also, the proposed account reveals that English resultatives are not a monolithic phenomenon, and that some “resultatives” cited in the literature as such are not resultatives at all. This book is of interest not only to practitioners of Construction Grammar but also to everyone interested in English resultatives.

[Constructional Approaches to Language, 26] 2020.  xx, 549 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Winner of the 2020 "English Linguistics Society in Japan" Award.
English Resultatives: A force-recipient account presents a masterly synthesis of the English resultative construction, based on detailed corpus analysis of British and American English. Iwata presents a force dynamic analysis of English resultative constructions that addresses many of the issues found with earlier accounts. In Iwata’s analysis, schematic construction meanings interact with rich verb meanings to account for the distributional patterns of verbs in resultative constructions and the semantic interpretation of particular verbs in the resultative construction. English Resultatives will serve as the reference point for future research on the resultative construction in English and other languages.”
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Ausensi, Josep & Alessandro Bigolin
2021. Resultatives and low depictives in English. The Linguistic Review 38:4  pp. 573 ff. DOI logo
Bigolin, Alessandro & Josep Ausensi
2021. A new resultative construction in Spanish? A reply to Rodríguez Arrizabalaga. Folia Linguistica 55:2  pp. 517 ff. DOI logo
Bigolin, Alessandro & Josep Ausensi
2021. A new resultative construction in Spanish? A reply to Rodríguez Arrizabalaga. Folia Linguistica 55:2  pp. 517 ff. DOI logo
Hennecke, Inga & Evelyn Wiesinger
2023. Chapter 1. Construction Grammar meets Hispanic linguistics. In Constructions in Spanish [Constructional Approaches to Language, 34],  pp. 2 ff. DOI logo
Hoffmann, Thomas & Graeme Trousdale
2022. On Multiple Paths and Change in the Language Network. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 70:3  pp. 359 ff. DOI logo
Iwata, Seizi
2021. Another look at the interaction between verbs and constructions. Constructions and Frames 13:2  pp. 263 ff. DOI logo
Kostadinova, Viktorija, Marco Wiemann, Gea Dreschler, Sune Gregersen, Beáta Gyuris, Ai Zhong, Lieselotte Anderwald, Beke Hansen, Sven Leuckert, Tihana Kraš, Shawnea Sum Pok Ting, Ida Parise, Alessia Cogo & Elisabeth Reber
2023. IEnglish Language. The Year's Work in English Studies 101:1  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Métairy, Justine
2022. Verb Classes in the Resultative Construction in Germanic and Romance Languages. Transactions of the Philological Society 120:2  pp. 246 ff. DOI logo

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CFK: Grammar, syntax

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LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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