Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0929-7332
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9919



Dutch uses cardinal posture verbs ( ‘to sit’, ‘to stand’, and ‘to lie’) for all sorts of purposes, many of which have received considerable research attention – like the posture progressive, e.g. ‘lit. sit to read: to be reading’. This paper investigates a posture verb pattern in which a posture verb is combined with a past participle, e.g. ‘lit. sit hidden: to be hidden’. Previous analyses disagree on whether these patterns correspond to a fixed set of combinations, or to a productive schema with semantic restrictions. By examining over 6,000 attestations of the pattern, this paper evaluates these competing accounts, concluding that the data point strongly at productivity.


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