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LINGUIST List 17.1207

Fri Apr 21 2006

Qs: Resultatives with 'Scare'-Reading

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        1.    Chao Li, Resultatives with 'Scare'-Reading


Message 1: Resultatives with 'Scare'-Reading
Date: 21-Apr-2006
From: Chao Li <chao.liyale.edu>
Subject: Resultatives with 'Scare'-Reading


Dear all,

I am working on resultatives, and would like to know whether there are any
other languages that allow the “scare”-reading shown by the following two
examples of Mandarin resultative verb compounds.

(1) Na-kuai paigu kan-dun-le san-ba dao.
that-CL sparerib cut-blunt-PERF three-CL knife
‘That sparerib got three knives blunt as a result of the
cutting (by some specific person).’

(2) Na-bao yifu xi-lei-le Zhangsan.
that-CL clothes wash-tired-PERF Zhangsan
‘(Zhangsan washed that bundle of clothes) and the clothes
caused Zhangsan to become tired.’

In both examples, the internal argument of the causing predicate of a
resultative is realized in subject position. The resulting reading is
analogous to that expressed by lexical causatives like “scare” (as in “The
tiger scared the child”).

My question is: Are there other languages that have resultatives (whether
in compound form or not) and allow them to have the “scare”-reading?

I am looking forward to your response!

Best,
Chao

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
                            Typology

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