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Abstract

Instrument verbs represent an interesting challenge for any account of denominal verbs, given the apparent adjunct status of the incorporated instrument PP. In order to deal with this issue, I adopt a similar view to Harley (2005), who resorts to direct merger of the manner root into v. More specifically, I couch this solution in a spanning representation of denominals. I represent instrument verbs in Romanian as having an additional verbalizer to the English ones. Moreover, I try to account for the difference between true instrumentals (like chain) and pseudo-instrumentals (like hammer) (Kiparsky 1982, 1997) by arguing that, unlike true instrumentals, pseudo-instrumentals select a classifier (Class), an OBJECT TYPE N rather than a nominal root.