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Title: Resultatives, particles, prefixes and argument structure
Authors: Mezhevich, Ilana
Keywords: Linguistics;Russian language;Syntax;Morphology;Russian language--Suffixes and prefixes
Issue Date: Sep-2002
Publisher: University of Calgary
Citation: Mezhevich, I. (2002). Resultatives, particles, prefixes and argument structure. Calgary Working Papers in Linguistics, 24(Fall), 9-32.
Abstract: In this paper, I discuss the argument status of postverbal DPs in English resultative constructions, English verb-particle constructions and Russian prefixed verbs. I argue that postverbal DPs in English resultative constructions on the one hand and verb-particle constructions and Russian prefixed verbs on the other hand have different argument status. As shown by various studies, English resultatives are syntactically derived constructions (Carrier and Randall 1992; Neeleman and Weerman 1993; Levin and Rappaport Hovav 1995, among others), whereas Russian prefixed verbs are lexically derived (Townsend 1975; Brecht 1985, Zaliznjak and Shmelev 1997, among others). I assume that lexical derivation as opposed to syntactic derivation is less productive and may change a verb's meaning in an unpredictable way. As a result, Russian prefixed verbs and English verb-particle constructions often have different meaning from their base verbs and may have different arguments.
ISSN: 2371-2643
Appears in Collections:Volume 24, Fall 2002

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