The Syntactic Nature of Inner Aspect

A minimalist perspective

| Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
ISBN 9789027255167 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027289865 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 133]  2008.  xv, 241 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of abbreviations
Chapter 1. An introduction to the syntax of inner aspect
Chapter 2. The syntax of eventives 1: An aspectual projection
Chapter 3. The syntax of eventives 2: Event features
Chapter 4. A lexical derivation of achievements
Chapter 5. Minimalist variation in inner aspect
Chapter 6. The autonomy of inner aspect
Chapter 7. A consideration of other aspectual facts
Chapter 8. The syntactic nature of inner aspect and some speculative remarks
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008031393