Inner Aspect: The Articulation of VP
Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 2, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 308 pages
Finishing this book was one of the most difficult things I have ever done. It took far too long from original idea to page proofs and suffered from being relegated to small corners of my life. It was very rarely on the front burner. Since I started working on this topic in 1991, there has been a lot of interesting work done on the areas of the articulation of VP, phrase structure mirroring event structure, the use of functional categories to represent Aktionsart, and many other areas that the research presented here touches on. The hardest thing about doing a project of this size is to accept that not everyone’s ideas can be addressed and not all new research can be incorporated. The only way that I have found it possible to let this book go to press is to reread the Preface to Events in the Semantics of English by Terence Parsons where he writes, ‘‘The goal of this book is neither completeness nor complete accuracy; it is to get some interesting proposals into the public arena for others to criticize, develop, and build on. ’’ My aim in this book is to make connections between various accounts of various constructions in various languages at the risk of treating each of these too lightly. I am grateful to too many people to thank them individually.
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Accomplishment Achievements Actor Topic adverbial Agent Aktionsart analysis anaphor ankizy appear argue argument structure articulated VP aspectual assignment assume c-command causative morpheme Chapter Chomsky claim coercion complement computation constructions derived object derived object position discussion E-word elements encode English event structure example external argument fact functional category given Hale and Keyser head movement inchoative infinitival inflectional domain Inner Aspect L-syntax languages lexical category lexical causative lexical entry lexical item lexicon look Malagasy marker Mary meaning merged position morpheme order morphology move Navajo object shift Outer Aspect overt passive PERIPHRASTIC pheme phrase structure predicate prefix preverbs productive causative propose Pustejovsky Rabe Ramchand realization reduplication relevant representation root Scots Gaelic Section seen semantic shows similar situation aspect Spec stative syntactic syntax Tagalog telic tense theta-grid theta-role transitive Travis unaccusative unaccusative verb verb class viewpoint aspect VP structure VP-internal WH-movement zero morpheme