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This book provides substantial new results in a novel field of research examining the syntactic and semantic consequences of event structure. The studies of this volume examine the hypothesis that event structure correlates with word order, the presence or absence of the verbal particle, the [+/- specific] feature of the internal argument, aspect, focusing, negation, and negative quantification, among others. The results reported concern the telicising vs. perfectivizing role of the verbal particle; the syntactic and semantic differences of verbs denoting a delimited change, and those denoting creation or coming into being; evidence of viewpoint aspect in a language with no morphological viewpoint marking; the aspectual role of non-thematic objects; the source of the ‘exhaustive identification’ function of structural focus; the interaction of negation and aspect etc.
Aims and Background.- The Function and the Syntax of the Verbal Particle.- Verbal Particles Telicizing Stative Psych Verbs.- Definiteness Effect Verbs.- Weak and Strong Accomplishments.- Particles and a Two Component Theory of Aspect.- From the Grammaticalization of Viewpoint Aspect to the Grammaticalization of Situation Aspect.- Accusative Case and Aspect.- Apparent or Real? On the Complementary Distribution of Identificational Focus and the Verbal Particle.- Aspect, Negation and Quantifiers.- Predicates, Negative Quantifiers and Focus: Specificity and Quantificationality of N-Words.