SYNTAX: verbs which denote an activity may be combined with a predicate to render a so-called resultative interpretation:
(i) He smashed [the vase to pieces] (ii) They talked [him out of it] (iii) She washed [the dirt off her face] (iv) The gardener watered [the flowers flat]The brackets in (i)-(iv) reflect the small clause analysis of resultative constructions. This analysis has not remained unchallenged.
|LIT.||Carrier, J. & J.H. Randall (1992)|
Hoekstra, J. (1988)