Inner Aspect: The Articulation of VP

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Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 2, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 308 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
Inner Derived Objects
19
Inner Aspect and Event
51
Event Structure and Phrase Structure
92
Interaction of Objects and Aspect
133
LSyntax and SSyntax
157
The Syntax of Achievements
205
Bounds and Coercion
240
Conclusion
275
References
285
Author Index
299
Language Index
303
Subject Index
305
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