Towards a Hierarchy of Resultative Constructions: Theoretical and Empirical Issues

Authors

  • Silvia Sánchez Calderón University of Valladolid (Spain)

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17561/grove.v0i22.2704

Abstract

This paper investigates how linguistic theory can account for the acquisition of the so-called English resultative constructions. It examines the syntactic dichotomies that X-Bar theory poses in their argument structure and puts forward several proposals that give answer to Chomsky’s hypothesis (1981). In particular, it focuses on the ternary branching analysis and the small clause approach. Taking into account the syntactic properties of the resultative phrase (RP), a taxonomy of resultative constructions is displayed (based on Goldberg and Jackendoff, 2004) in order to test how the syntactic status of the RP is acquired by monolingual English children. As confirmed by the empirical data, the degree of syntactic complexity of the RP correlates with the age of acquisition of resultative constructions.

Keywords: resultative phrase, monolingual acquisition, X-Bar Theory, secondary predicate, CHILDES, small clause.

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Published

2015-12-16

How to Cite

Sánchez Calderón, S. (2015). Towards a Hierarchy of Resultative Constructions: Theoretical and Empirical Issues. The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies, 22. https://doi.org/10.17561/grove.v0i22.2704