The Structure of Stative Verbs

| University of Vienna
ISBN 9789027255266 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027289469 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
This book explores the nature of stative verbs, their eventuality structure, and the patterns of argument realization. The study shows that there is no single class of stative verbs. Rather, several distinct groups of verbs are found: Verbs that undergo a systematic stative/eventive ambiguity; verbs that allow for a stative reading only; and verbs that seem to have an intermediate status (verbs of position and verbs of internal causation). The study concludes that there is a discrete boundary between stative and eventive verbs, excluding any intermediate status. Stativity arises because the aspectual operators DO and BECOME are absent in the lexical-semantic structure. Eventivity arises if one of these is present. A minimalist view on argument realization and event structure completes the book: Theta features on the arguments are checked against the aspectual heads within the verb phrase.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 143]  2009.  xv, 216 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of tables
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Theoretical considerations
Chapter 3. Stative/eventive ambiguities
Chapter 4. Non-ambiguous statives
Chapter 5. Verbs of position
Chapter 6. Verbs of internal causation
Chapter 7. Event structure and theta features
Chapter 8. Conclusion
Author index
Subject index
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2009007785