[Ads-l] "Belgian Soldiers Shoot Dead Knife Attacker"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Aug 28 03:30:08 UTC 2017


The knife attacker was dead but they shot him anyway (just in case he came back to life)?
They shot someone attacking with a dead knife (just in case it came back to life)?

I know “dead” is a resultative, but for me it only works if it comes after the object:
“Belgian Soldiers Shoot Knife Attacker Dead”

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