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Resultative verbs are able to provide the outer structure for an intransitive complementive predication.


In intransitive resultatives, the action described by the verb is causally involved in establishing the relation between argument and adjectival predicate:

Example 1

a. De stôk lûkt krom
the stick pull warped
The stick becomes warped
b. De feart sliket ticht
the waterway muds close
The waterway gets silted up

The combination of verb and adjective forms an unaccusative structure, as is clear from the selection of the verb of the perfect tense, which is wêze be rather than hawwe have:

Example 2

a. De stôk is kromlutsen
the stick is warped.pull
The stick has become warped
b. De feart is tichtslike
the water is close.mudded
The waterway has become silted up

The past participle of verbs conjugated with wêze be can be used attributively. This general law also applies to the examples discussed here:

Example 3

a. De kromlutsen stôk
the warped stick
The warped stick
b. De tichtslike feart
the mudded waterway
The silted up waterway