Studies in the Composition and Decomposition of Event by Boban Arsenijević, Berit Gehrke, Rafael Marín

By Boban Arsenijević, Berit Gehrke, Rafael Marín

This precise, perceptive addition to the linguistics literature analyzes the semantic elements of occasion predicates, exploring their fine-grained components in addition to their supplier in linguistic processing. The papers transcend natural semantics to contemplate their various affects of occasion predicates on argument constitution, element, scalarity, and occasion structure.

The quantity exhibits how advances within the linguistic concept of occasion predicates, that have spawned Davidsonian and neo-Davidsonian notions of occasion arguments, as well as ‘event constitution’ frameworks and mereological versions for the eventuality area, have sidelined examine on particular units of entailments that aid a typology of occasion predicates. Addressing this imbalance within the literature, the paintings additionally provides proof indicating a extra complicated position for scalar buildings than at present assumed. it's going to increase the paintings of semanticists, psycholinguists, and syntacticians with a decompositional method of verb word structure.

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Kennedy, Christopher, and Beth Levin. 2008. Measure of change: The adjectival core of verbs of variable telicity. In Adjectives and adverbs in semantics and discourse, ed. Louise McNally and Christopher Kennedy, 156–182. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Kennedy, Christopher, and Louise McNally. 2005. Scale structure, degree modification, and the semantic typology of gradable predicates. Language 81: 345–381. Kratzer, Angelika. 1995. Stage-level and individual-level predicates. In The generic book, ed.

But that is due to the deictic pronouns in the when clause; it is by no means a necessary condition for a potential evaluator. The speaker’s knowledge of the situation that obtained at that time could be second-hand, something that she heard or read about. In the problematic example (34b) the observer at reference time is also the speaker (assuming that on arrival she takes an interest in the lake). 15 In her capacity as speaker she may possess this knowledge, but she cannot legitimately use it retroactively to describe the situation at the past reference time.

Il B. Arsenijevi´c et al. 1007/978-94-007-5983-1__2, © Springer ScienceCBusiness Media Dordrecht 2013 27 28 A. Mittwoch Garey was well aware of the contribution of the complements of the verb. He compared jouer du Mozart ‘play some Mozart’ and jouer un concerto de Mozart ‘play a Mozart concerto’, observing “the verb, considered by itself, remains atelic; it is only the complement that puts a term to the activity, which itself does not change essentially while it goes on” (1957:108). Some verbs only occur in predicates that have the aspectual properties of activities (ignoring secondary predications) – laugh, weep, wave, fidget, rain, purr, howl, roar, shriek.

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