killed to death

Michael Covarrubias mcovarru at PURDUE.EDU
Sun Apr 20 15:10:13 UTC 2008

Laurence Horn wrote:
> Could be a translation from the Chinese, Korean, Hindi, etc. where
> lexical causative verbs (e.g. "kill") don't entail their result state
> (without an explicit resultative adverb or secondary verb, e.g. "to
> death").  I've always thought English was not such a language, but
> perhaps that's changing.  There are 39,800 purported hits for "killed
> to death" and another 47,000 for "killed dead".
> LH

And another 16,100 for the threat "I'll kill you dead".


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