UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 13 (2001)
AD NEELEMAN & HANS VAN DE KOOT
This paper provides a complex-predicate analysis of resultatives in terms of bare phrase structure. Our main claim is that the predicate types and thematic mapping rules required for simplex verbs can be used to explain core properties of resultative constructions if a strict versions of Chomsky’s inclusiveness condition is adopted. The analysis supports a view of subjects as external arguments in the sense of Williams 1980, rather than as structurally defined, as in Stowell 1981,1983, Bowers 1993, etc.