Aspectual Roles and the Syntax-Semantics Interface

Aspectual Roles and the Syntax-Semantics Interface

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All work is work in progress. The ideas developed in this work could be (and probably will be) developed further, revised, and expanded. But it was time to write them down and send them out. Some of these ideas about linking had their origins in my 1987 dissertation. However, this work has grown beyond the dissertation in a number of important ways. The most important of these advances lie in, first, articulating aspectual roles as linguistic objects over which lexical semantic phenomena can be stated, and over which linking generalizations are stated; second, recognizing that syntactic phenomena may be classified as to whether or not they are sensitive to the core event of event structure; and third, recognizing the modularity of aspectual and thematic/conceptual structure, and associating that modularity with a difference between language-specific and universal language generalizations. The three chapters of the book are organized around these ideas. I have tried to state these ideas as strong theses. Where they make strong predictions I have meant them to do so, as a probe for future research. I hope that other researchers will take up the challenge to investigate, test and develop these ideas across a wider realm of languages than I --as one person --can do.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 10.2mm | 385.56g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1994
  • X, 246 p.
  • 0792329074
  • 9780792329077

Table of contents

Preface. One: Linking Syntactic Argument Positions and Aspectual Roles. 1.1. Introduction and Theoretical Background. 1.2. Direct Internal Arguments. 1.3. Indirect Internal Arguments. 1.4. External Arguments. The Non-Measuring Constraint on External Arguments. 1.5. Aspectual Roles. 1.6. The Aspectual Interface Hypothesis. Notes. Two: Event Structure and Aspectual Roles. 2.1. The Event Nucleus. 2.2. Syntactic Processes Sensitive to the Event Nucleus. 2.3. The Special Status of Arguments in Aspectual Structure. Notes. Three: Lexical Conceptual Structures and Aspectual Roles. 3.1. Lexical Conceptual Structure. 3.2. The Relation between Lexical Conceptual Structures and Aspectual Roles. 3.3. Some Phenomena Illustrating the Modularity of Lexical Conceptual Structures and Aspectual Roles. Notes. References. Name Index. Language Index. Subject Index.
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`The book ... should be read by anyone interested in the lexical valency of verbs and in the interaction of grammar, semantics and pragmatics.'
The Prague Bulletin of Mathematical Linguistics, 65/66 (1996)
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