Article published in:Cross-linguistic Semantics of Tense, Aspect, and Modality
Edited by Lotte Hogeweg, Helen de Hoop and Andrej L. Malchukov
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 148] 2009
► pp. 83–130
Event structure of non-culminating accomplishments
In this paper, we examine failed attempt and partial success interpretations of accomplishment verbs cross-linguistically. We observe that accomplishments differ systematically as to which of these readings they can produce. Relying on Rothstein’s (2004) theory of accomplishments, we propose that this diversity can be accounted for through properties of the relation between subevents in the accomplishment event structure.
Published online: 30 November 2009
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