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Why *Sarah cannot glow the light bulb? Accounting for the Constructional Behavior of Light and Sound Emission Verbs

Publication: Revue roumaine de linguistique, LVII (1), p. 67-82
Publisher:Editura Academiei
Abstract:This article provides an in-depth lexical-constructional account of two English verbal classes, namely light and sound emission, with special emphasis on the causative-inchoative alternation, the resultative and the intransitive motion constructions. To shed light on the kinds of constructional realization for these verb classes, I will follow and build on previous taxonomic work by Levin (1993) and Faber and Mairal (1999), which will be complemented by the analytical and explanatory tools developed by the Lexical Constructional Model (Ruiz de Mendoza and Mairal, 2007, 2008; Mairal and Ruiz de Mendoza, 2008, 2009). Levin and Rappaport Hovav (1995) show that internally caused verbs can only participate in the inchoative construction (cf. The stars twinkled in the black sky, Blood gurgled in his throat) whereas externally caused verbs can occur in the causative configuration (cf. He winked the light, She jangled her car keys). Nevertheless, a serious problem for the internal cause generalization stems from the fact that intransitive light emission verbs can also express a light produced by an entity whose surface is in contact with a natural light source (cf. The jewel sparkled in the sun).
Key words:causative-inchoative alternation, resultative construction, intransitive motion construction, Lexical Constructional Model
Language: English

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107George Lakoff, Mark JohnsonMetaphors we live byThe University of Chicago Press1980; 2003html

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