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Telicity, Change, and StateA Cross-Categorial View of Event Structure$
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Violeta Demonte and Louise McNally

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693498

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693498.001.0001

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Building involuntary states in Slavic

Building involuntary states in Slavic

(p.300) 12 Building involuntary states in Slavic
Telicity, Change, and State

María Luisa Rivero

Ana Arregui

Oxford University Press

Slavic constructions known as Involuntary States share a similar syntax with parallel dative subjects and reflexive markers, but belong to two semantic classes with different truth conditions. Involuntary States allude to an uncontrollable mental state of their dative subject, but West Slavic and Russian varieties report eventualities in the actual world, and are thus Factual, while South Slavic varieties report dispositions/urges of the dative, and are thus Desiderative. The chapter derives such a semantic contrast from microvariation in Viewpoint Aspect within the Slavic family. South Slavic displays intentional Imperfectives for plans, and they form the compositional basis of Desiderative Involuntary States. West Slavic and Russian lack similar intentional Imperfectives, and their Involuntary States are consistently factual, whether imperfective or perfective.

Keywords:   desideratives, factuals, imperfectivity, involuntary states

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