On the Compositional Nature of States

On the Compositional Nature of States

eBook - 2012
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This monograph pursues a structural analogy between the availability of an existential interpretation in states and the telicity of events. Focusing on evidence from both verbal and adjectival predicates, it argues that quantization forms the basis of a unified theory of aktionsart and provides a theory in which the availability of an existential interpretation in states is, like the telicity of events, determined compositionally by the predicate and the quantization of its internal argument. Quantization is further argued to reflect the internal temporal constitution of the stages of an individual which is tied to the generation of an existential interpretation. This monograph will be of interest to syntacticians and semanticists who are specifically concerned with compositional approaches to eventualities, and to those who have a more general interest in the role linguistic theory can play in determining core properties of the mind.
Publisher: Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., 2012
ISBN: 9789027274168
9027274169
9781280769221
128076922X
9789027255716
9027255717
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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