Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

Studies in the Composition and Decomposition of Event Predicates

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

  • 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
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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.

About the authors

Boban Arsenijević is a Ramon y Cajal researcher at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas in Madrid. His interests cover different topics in syntax and semantics, including the issues of verbal aspect, clausal embedding, the nature of and mutual relations between syntactic categories and the comparative cognitive status of natural language.

Berit Gehrke is a Juan de la Cierva researcher at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. She is interested in semantics and the syntax-semantics interface and has worked on topics related to event predicates, time and space, the kind-token distinction, and modification.

Rafael Marín (Ph.D in linguistics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2001) is researcher of linguistics at the laboratory STL (UMR 8163), CNRS / Université de Lille 3. His work focuses on lexical aspect and related phenomena. He has mainly worked on stativity, non-verbal predication (nominalizations, adjectives and participles, copular constructions) and psychological predicates.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • The (De)composition of Event Predicates

    Arsenijević, Boban (et al.)

    Pages 1-26

  • On the Criteria for Distinguishing Accomplishments from Activities, and Two Types of Aspectual Misfits

    Mittwoch, Anita

    Pages 27-48

  • Lexicalized Meaning and Manner/Result Complementarity

    Levin, Beth (et al.)

    Pages 49-70

  • Oriented Adverbs and Object Experiencer Psych-Verbs

    Martin, Fabienne

    Pages 71-97

  • Two Sources of Scalarity Within the Verb Phrase

    Bochnak, M. Ryan

    Pages 99-123

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Studies in the Composition and Decomposition of Event Predicates
Editors
  • Boban Arsenijević
  • Berit Gehrke
  • Rafael Marín
Series Title
Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Series Volume
93
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5983-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5983-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5982-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9801-4
Series ISSN
0924-4662
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 252
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