Resultative secondary predicates in the Baltic languages

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The article discusses the morphosyntactic and semantic properties of constructions encoding resultative secondary predication in Lithuanian and Latvian. The Baltic languages have developed specific formal encoding patterns for resultatives although some parallels with neighbouring Slavic and Finnic languages can be discerned. The meaning of the resultative construction in Baltics can be generated in several ways depending on the semantics and the argument structure of the verb. I propose that actional properties as well as the retention or transformation of the argument structure of the verb allow three types of resultatives to be distinguished.


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