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Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure$
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Malka Rappaport Hovav, Edit Doron, and Ivy Sichel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544325

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544325.001.0001

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Morphological Aspect and the Function and Distribution of Cognate Objects Across Languages *

Morphological Aspect and the Function and Distribution of Cognate Objects Across Languages *

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(p.284) 14 Morphological Aspect and the Function and Distribution of Cognate Objects Across Languages*
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Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure
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Geoffrey Horrocks

Melita Stavrou

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544325.003.0014

We identify different functions of cognate objects cross‐linguistically, and analyse cognate object constructions as ‘lexicalized’ light verb constructions. In Greek etc. these involve no shift of aspectual character vis‐à‐vis the simple verb. But COCs in English etc. provide terminative equivalents to non‐terminative unergatives (the relevant VPs denoting telic, rather then atelic, eventualities). Such shifts correlate with the absence of grammaticalized aspect.

Keywords:   cognate objects, grammaticalized aspect, lexical aspectual character, light verb constructions, telicity‐shifting constructions

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