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Davor Krsnik, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Filozofski fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu

https://doi.org/10.22210/suvlin.2020.089.04

 

 

 

Abstract

The paper deals with two specific constructions in Croatian, one characterized by objects that specify
the period of time spent on a particular action, and the other by objects indicating the intrinsic features
of the subject which are somehow removed through the verb’s action. Studying the two constructions is
relevant for understanding the relationship between prefi xation and resultativity. In the study of Slavic
languages verbal prefixation is widely viewed as the main cause of rare occurrence or complete absence of
adjectives in the function of resultative secondary predicates. Authors who share this view define prefixes
as core predicators that trigger lexical subordination of verbs with which they form complex predicates
thus determining their causative or resultative meaning. However, our analysis of the two constructions
mentioned above shows that prefixes are not core predicators. On the contrary, prefixation tied to causative
and resultative predicates appears to be just an epiphenomenon of a more complex background process. To
explain this process, we rely on the theoretical framework and methods of Construction Grammar.

 

Keywords

prefixationtelicityperfectivityresultativityCroatian language

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