Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Inner Aspect

The Articulation of VP

Authors: Travis, Lisa deMena

  • Argues for a new phrase structure
  • Presents data from less well documented languages (in particular Malagasy) to support this view
  • Uses cross-linguistic comparisons
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This monograph probes the structure of the verb phrase through a cross-linguistic investigation of the syntax and morphology of relevant constructions. In particular, the author provides evidence for two event-related non-lexical projections called "inner aspect" and "event". The former is found within the verb phrase and encodes information on the endpoint of an event. The latter is found at the edge of the verb phrase and demarcates the boundary of a particular domain of syntax, L-syntax. Although languages vary in their use of these projections and in the way they encode the endpoints of events, the author argues that the comparison of a number of languages and the analysis of a range of constructions results in the emergence of a consistent picture.

While much of the discussion involves Austronesian languages such as Malagasy and Tagalog, other languages such as French, Spanish, Swedish, Scots Gaelic, Chinese, Japanese, Navajo, Slave, and Kalagan are discussed. Syntactic and morphological data from these languages are used to illuminate the details of the phrase structure of the verbal predicate. These data also aid in understanding how phrase structure is used to express certain facets of language, such as event structure, aspectual verb classes, productive and lexical causatives, derived objects, agents and causes, and coerced structures.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inner Aspect
Book Subtitle
The Articulation of VP
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
80
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-8550-4
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-8550-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-8549-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3216-2
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 308
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