The Syntax of Aspect: Deriving Thematic and Aspectual Interpretation

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Associate Professor Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics Nomi Erteschik-Shir, Nomi Erteschik-Shir, Tova R. Rapoport, Senior Lecturer Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics Tova Rapoport
Oxford University Press, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 309 pages
This collection of new work focuses on issues at the lexicon-syntax interface. It presents innovative analyses of theoretical issues of aspectual interpretation in a variety of languages. The authors address questions such as to what extent can variation in verbal meaning, and thematic information can be determined in the syntax, and how the interpretation of various syntactic constructions is derived, once lexical information is minimized. A subset of the articles develops theories that take as their starting point the lexical-syntactic framework of the late Ken Hale and Jay Keyser, prominent among which is their own chapter.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Aspect and the Syntax of Argument Structure
11
How Do Verbs Get Their Names? Denominal Verbs Manner
42
Path Predicates
65
Tense Person and Transitivity
89
Complex Aspectual Structure in HindiUrdu
117
The Aspect of Agency
154
Agents and Causes in Malagasy and Tagalog
174
Event Structure and Morphosyntax in Navajo
190
Constructions Lexical Semantics and
215
Resultatives under the EventArgument
255
Implications
274
References
287
Author Index
303
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Nomi Erteschik-Shir is Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at Ben-Gurion University, Israel. Her publications include The Dynamics of Focus Structure (1997). She is writing The Syntax-Discourse Interface: Information Structure (forthcoming in OxfordSurveys in Syntax and Morphology). Tova Rapoport is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at Ben-Gurion University, Israel. She is currently working on a theory of syntax-driven interpretation, including a book with Nomi Erteschik-Shir on the lexicon-syntaxinterface, The Atoms of Meaning.