Conflation and incorporation processes in resultative constructions

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© The chapters their several authors 2012. All rights reserved. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTelicity, Change, and State: A Cross-Categorial View of Event Structure
Place of PublicationOxford (GB)
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2012

Publication series

NameOxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics


  • Argument structure
  • Compounding parameter
  • Conflation
  • Incorporation
  • Lexical syntax
  • Manner
  • Path
  • Result
  • Resultative constructions
  • Talmy's typology


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