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VerbsAspect and Causal Structure$
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William Croft

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199248582

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248582.001.0001

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The interaction of aspect and causal structure in verb meaning

The interaction of aspect and causal structure in verb meaning

(p.283) 7 The interaction of aspect and causal structure in verb meaning

William Croft

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7, “The interaction of aspect and causal structure in verb meaning”, examines a number of semantic properties in order to identify what constraints can be proposed on the event structures expressed by a simple verb. Simple verbal events tend to start from a rest state and express the prototypical “billiard-ball” causation, and tend to be temporally unified across subevents. A widely-discussed basic distinction between two types of simple events (manner vs. result, or verb-framing vs. satellite-framing) is argued to be aspectual in nature: a contrast between events with a profiled directed change and events with a profiled undirected change.

Keywords:   event structure, verbs, verbal semantics, causation, manner verbs, result verbs, verb-framing, satellite-framing, directed change, undirected change, aspect

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