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Studies in the Composition and Decomposition of Event Predicates

Arsenijević, Boban, Gehrke, Berit, Marín, Rafael (Eds.)

2013, VIII, 252 p. 21 illus.

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  • Includes discussions of the processing aspects of the semantic ingredients of event predicates
  • The role of scalar structures is shown to be more complex than traditionally assumed (one scale, simple mappings)
  • Places the semantic entailments of event predicates and their more fine-grained components as the center of its study

This detailed, perceptive addition to the linguistics literature analyzes the semantic components of event predicates, exploring their fine-grained elements as well as their agency in linguistic processing. The papers go beyond pure semantics to consider their varying influences of event predicates on argument structure, aspect, scalarity, and event structure.

The volume shows how advances in the linguistic theory of event predicates, which have spawned Davidsonian and neo-Davidsonian notions of event arguments, in addition to ‘event structure’ frameworks and mereological models for the eventuality domain, have sidelined research on specific sets of entailments that support a typology of event predicates. Addressing this imbalance in the literature, the work also presents evidence indicating a more complex role for scalar structures than currently assumed. It will enrich the work of semanticists, psycholinguists, and syntacticians with a decompositional approach to verb phrase structure.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Argument Structure - Event Structure - Lexicalized meaning - On adverbs of (space and) time - Oriented adverbs and object experiencer psych-verbs - The (de)composition of event predicates - The processing domain of aspectual information - distinguishing accomplishments from activities - semantic entailments of event predicates - types of aspectual misfits

Related subjects » Linguistics

Table of contents 

1. Boban Arsenijević, Berit Gehrke & Rafael Marín: Introduction: The (De)composition of Event Predicates .- 2. Anita Mittwoch: On the Criteria for Distinguishing Accomplishments from Activities, and Two Types of Aspectual Misfits .- 3. Beth Levin & Malka Rappaport Hovav: Lexicalized Meaning and Manner/Result Complementarity .- 4. Fabienne Martin: Oriented Adverbs and Object Experiencer Psych-verbs .- 5. M. Ryan Bochnak: Two Sources of Scalarity within the Verb Phrase .- 6. Jens Fleischhauer: Interaction of Telicity and Degree Gradation in Change of State Verbs  .- 7. Kyle Rawlins: On Adverbs of (Space and) Time .- 8. Oliver Bott: The Processing Domain of Aspectual Information .- 9. Evie Malaia, Ronnie B. Wilbur & Christine Weber-Fox: Event End-Point Primes the Undergoer Argument: Neurobiological Bases of  Event Structure Processing

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