Resultative constructions consist of a main verb denoting some event and a secondary predicate expressing the result of the event, as e.g., English I hammered the metal flat. Chinese has two kinds of resultative constructions: the resultative phrase, which has the form V-de 得 VP/S, and resultative V-V compounds.
1. The Resultative Phrase
The resultative phrase has been analyzed as a biclausal structure, consisting of a matrix verb …
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Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma.
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