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Structuring Sense Volume 2The Normal Course of Events$
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Hagit Borer

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263929

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263929.001.0001

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Direct Range Assignment: The Slavic Paradigm

Direct Range Assignment: The Slavic Paradigm

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(p.155) 6 Direct Range Assignment: The Slavic Paradigm
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Structuring Sense Volume 2
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Hagit Borer (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263929.003.0006

This chapter turns to cases where range assignment in event structure is marked morphologically, specifically through the Slavic perfective system. It argues that the perfective system is fundamentally the marking of aktionsart (although this does not hold for the imperfective system), and that just as within languages such as English or Hebrew, quantity marking of the argument translates into quantity marking of an aspectual head. Thus, in Slavic languages, quantity marking on the head (i.e., a quantity head feature) translates into quantity marking on the argument. One of the most important predictions of the system presented here is that in well-defined structural environments, telicity could exist without an ‘internal’ argument.

Keywords:   Slavic languages, perfective system, range assignment, event structure, argument, quantity marking

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