English Verb-particle Constructions: Two Types, Two Structures

Ed Zoerner
1996 Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics  
This paper proposes that resultative verb-particle constructions (VPCs) have an underlyingly different structure from idiomatic VPCs; both structures differ from the Small Clause analysis of R. Kayne (1985) et al and the verb-particle complex analysis of K. Johnson (1991) . Empirical support for the new proposal comes from anaphor deletion facts and coordination facts. The analysis also accounts for previously noted data involving VPCs. It is concluded that there is a structural distinction
more » ... een resuitative VPCs and idiomatic ones; the empirical facts of anaphor-deletion and coordinated particles motivate this distinction. Two underlying structures result from this analysis that make the correct semantic and syntactic distinction between the two, English VPC types that enjoy empirical advantages over both the Small Clause analysis and tha V-Prt-NP analysis. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/NAV)
doi:10.17161/kwpl.1808.460 fatcat:knkks2ex5rfydlmhe2376zvi6a