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Verbs: Aspect and Causal Structure

William Croft

Abstract

“Verbs: aspect and causal structure” presents a model of event structure for the analysis of aspectual constructions and argument structure constructions in English and other languages. The central proposal is that the aspectual and causal structure of events should be clearly distinguished in their semantic representation, since each dimension makes a distinct contribution to the structure of grammatical constructions. In addition, aspect - the unfolding of events over time - must itself be analyzed in two dimensions, namely time and the qualitative states that an event enters or maintains ov ... More

Keywords: aspect, causation, argument structure, case, event structure, verbs, verbal semantics, semantics, construction grammar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199248582
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248582.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Croft, author
Professor of Linguistics, University of New Mexico

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