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Aspectual Roles and the Syntax-Semantics Interface : STUDIES IN LINGUISTICS AND PHILOSOPHY - Carol Tenny

Aspectual Roles and the Syntax-Semantics Interface

STUDIES IN LINGUISTICS AND PHILOSOPHY

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This book presents a theory of the interface between lexical semantics and syntax, in which aspect plays a central role. The aspectual properties that figure in the linking between syntax and semantics are expressed through "aspectual roles", assigned by a verb to its arguments. A number of lexical semantic phenomena can be expressed as operations over aspectual roles, and syntactic phenomena can be classified according to whether or not they are sensitive to the presence of aspectual roles. The theory is independent of any particular model of syntax (such as GB or LFG). This theory proposes a modular relationship between aspectual role information, and conceptual or thematic representations of lexical semantic information. Language-specific generalizations about linking are argued to be expressed in thematic or conceptual representations, while universal linking generalizations are expressed in aspectual representations. Consequently, this theory has implications for language acquisition.

`The book ... should be read by anyone interested in the lexical valency of verbs and in the interaction of grammar, semantics and pragmatics.' The Prague Bulletin of Mathematical Linguistics, 65/66 (1996)

Preface
Linking Syntactic Argument Positions and Aspectual Rolesp. 1
Introduction and Theoretical Backgroundp. 1
Direct Internal Argumentsp. 10
Indirect Internal Argumentsp. 68
External Arguments. The Non-Measuring Constraint on External Argumentsp. 83
Aspectual Rolesp. 94
The Aspectual Interface Hypothesisp. 113
Event Structure and Aspectual Rolesp. 131
The Event Nucleusp. 131
Syntactic Processes Sensitive to the Event Nucleusp. 140
The Special Status of Arguments in Aspectual Structurep. 174
Lexical Conceptual Structures and Aspectual Rolesp. 182
Lexical Conceptual Structurep. 182
The Relation Between Lexical Conceptual Structures and Aspectual Rolesp. 186
Some Phenomena Illustrating the Modularity of Lexical Conceptual Structures and Aspectual Rolesp. 193
Referencesp. 222
Name Indexp. 235
Language Indexp. 239
Subject Indexp. 240
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ISBN: 9780792328636
ISBN-10: 0792328639
Series: STUDIES IN LINGUISTICS AND PHILOSOPHY
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 31st May 1994
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5