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Subject: The Syntactic Nature of Inner Aspect: MacDonald

 

	
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Title: The Syntactic Nature of Inner Aspect 
Subtitle: A minimalist perspective 
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 133  

Publication Year: 2008 
Publisher: John Benjamins
	   http://www.benjamins.com/
	

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%20133 


Author: Jonathan E. MacDonald

Electronic: ISBN:  9789027289865 Pages:  Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Electronic: ISBN:  9789027289865 Pages:  Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN:  9789027255167 Pages:  Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN:  9789027255167 Pages:  Price: U.S. $ 158.00


Abstract:

This book explores the syntactic nature of inner aspect from a minimalist
perspective. It begins with the new observation that there are two
independent properties at play in English inner aspect: the object-to-event
mapping and event structure. From a discussion of English statives and
Russian, it is concluded that the former property is variant and the latter
universal; a minimalist conception of language variation arises naturally
in this context. Additionally, an exploration of a lexical derivational
approach to achievements leads to the expectation that there are no
accomplishments in the lexicon. A detailed look at idioms suggests that
this expectation is met. These results support the division of labor
between an operative lexicon and narrow syntax in aspectual composition;
this naturally poses a problem for (neo-)constructional approaches to inner
aspect. Finally, one conclusion reached about the syntactic nature of inner
aspect regards the object-to-event mapping: it is a purely syntactic
phenomenon. 



Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                     Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                     Russian (rus)


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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