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Tense, Aspect, and Indexicality$
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James Higginbotham

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239313

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239313.001.0001

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Accomplishments

Accomplishments

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(p.116) 7 Accomplishments
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Tense, Aspect, and Indexicality
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239313.003.0007

This chapter reviews some arguments that accomplishments are syntactically represented by ordered pairs of positions for events, and that the ‘accomplishment’ interpretation of a predicate may stem from the complex thematic structure <E,E'> of a preposition, a syntactic adjunct, rather than from the head verb. The structures <E,E'> are telic pairs; and it is argued that the formation of telic pairs is a compositional, rather than a lexical, process. This thesis is applied to a number of constructions, yielding the basis for a family of distinctions between English- (or Chinese-) type languages on the one hand, and Romance (or Korean or Japanese) on the other.

Keywords:   telic pairs, ordered pairs, predicate, thematic structure

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