Verbs in Depictives and Resultatives

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The lexical representation encodes the linguistically-relevant aspects of the meanings of words and determines the syntax, in that syntactic structure is projected from it. This paper argues for a certain form of lexical representation by presenting the problem of a particular non-standard structure, the verb phrase of the form V-NP-Adj corresponding to various constructions of secondary predication in English. It is demonstrated that the solution to the semantic analysis of this structure lies in the meaning of the main verb of the structure, i.e. in its lexical semantic representation. It will be clear that the restrictions on the different interpretations of the V-NP-Adj string cannot be stated at any other level, such as a syntactic level.

Original languageEnglish GB
Title of host publicationSemantics and the Lexicon
EditorsJames Pustejovsky
StatePublished - 1993

Publication series

NameStudies in Linguistics and Philosophy


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