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Title: Inner aspect and telicity
Subtitle: The decompositional and the quantificational nature of eventualities at the syntax-semantics interface
Written By: Boban Arsenijević
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series

The main topic of the book is the nature of inner aspect of the Verb
Phrase, and the relation between the decompositional and the
quantificational approaches to this problem. Decompositional approaches
analyze eventualities into simpler components, organized by some kind of
structure. In this view, an eventuality is telic if, in decomposition, it
can be shown to involve a result component (also referred to as the
culmination or termination component, or as the telos). Quantificational
approaches see telicity as a property of the predicate of an eventuality,
usually described as boundedness, lack of the subinterval property, or a
specified quantity.

The major advantage of the decompositional approaches is that they directly
match the syntax-semantics interface of the VP with the conceptual image of
an eventuality. Quantificational approaches blur the picture in this
respect, because they involve effects like distributive readings, which are
not a typical interpretational component of the VP domain. On the other
hand, the major advantage of the quantificational approaches is that they
assign similar or identical properties to (the predicates of) eventualities
and nominal expressions. This enables them to capture the phenomenon of
incremental themes (participants that appear to measure out the eventuality
in which they take part), by relating the predicates of eventualities and
those of their arguments.

The dissertation presents a new approach, which not only combines the two
approaches above, but also shows how they are directly mutually related,
and how some quantificational properties can be derived from the domain of

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Subject Language(s): None
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Format: Electronic
ISBN: 9789078328131
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 252
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