Events, Arguments, and Aspects

Topics in the Semantics of Verbs

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| University of Southern Denmark
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The verb has often been considered the 'center' of the sentence and has hence always attracted the special attention of the linguist. The present volume collects novel approaches to two classical topics within verbal semantics, namely argument structure and the treatment of time and aspect. The linguistic material covered comes from a broad spectrum of languages including English, German, Danish, Ukrainian, and Australian aboriginal languages; and methods from both cognitive and formal semantics are applied in the analyses presented here. Some of the authors use a variety of event semantics in order to analyze argument structure and aspect whereas others employ ideas coming from object-oriented programming in order to achieve new insights into the way how verbs select their arguments and how events are classified into different types. Both kinds of methods are also used to give accounts of dynamical aspects of semantic interpretation such as coercion and type shifting.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 152]  2014.  viii, 373 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
Klaus Robering
vii–viii
Introduction: Events, arguments, and aspects
Klaus Robering
1–62
I. Verb meaning and argument structure
Ergativity and the object-oriented representation of verb meaning
Anton Benz
65–88
Grammatical metaphors and there-insertion in Danish
Anne Bjerre and Tavs Bjerre
89–114
Abstract objects of verbs
Klaus Robering
115–158
Object-orientation and the semantics of verbs
Andrea C. Schalley
159–186
II. Aspect and aktionsart
Aspectual coercion and eventuality structure
Johannes Dölling
189–226
Phases in verbal semantics
Volkmar Engerer
227–260
How light are aspectual meanings?: A study of the relation between light verbs and lexical aspects in Ukrainian
Natalia Kotsyba
261–300
The ‘say, do’ verb in Nyulnyul, Warrwa, and other Nyulnyulan languages is monosemic
William B. McGregor
301–328
Predicate classes: A study in compositional semantics
Peter Oehl
329–362
Index of names
363–366
Index of objects
367–373
Subjects
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2013049289