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Structuring Events: A Study in the Semantics of Aspect

ISBN: 978-1-4051-0667-2
216 pages
January 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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Structuring Events presents a novel semantic theory of lexical aspect for anyone interested in the study of verb meanings.

  • Provides an introduction to aspectual classes and aspectual distinctions.
  • Utilizes case studies to present a novel semantic theory of lexical aspect and compare it with alternative theories.
  • Useful for students and scholars in semantics and syntax as well as the neighboring fields of pragmatics and philosophy of language.
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Introduction.

1. Verb Classes and Aspectual Classification.

2. Progressive Achievements.

3. Resultative Predication.

4. The Structure of Accomplishments.

5. The Interpretation of Derived Accomplishments.

6. Quantization, Telicity and Change.

7. Telicity and Atomicity.

8. Event Structure and Aspectual Classification.

Bibliography.

Index
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Susan Rothstein is Professor of Linguistics at Bar-Ilan University. She has published widely on such issues as syntax, semantics, and the syntax–semantics interface. She is author of Predicates and Their Subjects (2000), and editor of Events and Grammar (1998) and Perspectives on Phrase Structure: Heads and Licensing (1991).
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  • Provides an introduction to aspectual classes and aspectual distinctions.

  • Utilizes case studies to present a novel semantic theory of lexical aspect and compare it with alternative theories.

  • Useful for students and scholars in semantics and syntax as well as the neighboring fields of pragmatics and philosophy of language.
See More
"This is the most important book on lexical aspect since David Dowty's seminal Word Meaning and Montague Grammar." Angelika Kratzer, University of Massachusetts–Amherst <!--end-->


"As well as providing a clear introduction to the subject, this excellent book extends our knowledge of the lexical aspectual properties of verbs and verb phrases in new and original directions. Rothstein's careful exploitation of the flexibility of event-based semantics in providing a solid foundation for the interpretation of verbal aspect establishes the theory as central to any explanation of this often difficult – but ever fascinating – topic." Ronnie Cann, University of Edinburgh


"This outstanding book represents a new breakthrough in the general theory of lexical aspect. The discussions of the previous research are distinguished by clarity as well as new challenges and insights. In a highly engaging way Rothstein also advances new solutions to some of the most thorny issues – including aspectual shifts, progressive achievements, and resultative predication – which will shape the future research in lexical aspect." Hana Filip, Stanford University

"Rothstein’s book contains many observations, deep intuitions and exciting analyses which will doubtless be very influential in a variety of areas. Empirically, the book contains a treasure trove of interesting data that will no doubt be mulled over for years to come." Lingua

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