The Dynamic Expression of State: The Many Faces of Resultative Construals

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Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2012
End date: 31/12/2014
Funding: 3378000 SEK


The aim of the project is to investigate resultative constructions in the sense of verb forms that express a state implying a previous event in the languages of the world with special reference to the more general cognitively relevant question of dynamic expression of states. The project has the following major objectives: 1. To document the range and diversity of grammatical and lexical means encountered in the languages of the world to express states dynamically in synchrony and diachrony in an exemplary survey in a world-wide diverse sample of 50 languages. 2. To investigate how resultative constructions are related synchronically and diachronically to the many other grammatical construction types with which they exhibit frequent or occasional polysemy patterns. 3. To explore to what extent resultatives are lexicalized and how particular lexical domains such as posture, moveable localization, and attachment, relate to resultatives and to what extent they fit into postulated hierarchies. 4. To consider to what extent resultatives form micro- and macro-areal patterns and how areal patterns emerge. 5. To assess in one particular research domain to what extent theoretical postulates in cognitive linguistics are useful for driving empirical typological research. 6. To make a methodological contribution to typology in showing how most different data sources can be combined in investigating a category type that has not been in the focus of interest of descriptive linguists.

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