Where We Stand

Robert Truswell

in Events, Phrases, and Questions

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199577774
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725319 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Where We Stand

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This brief chapter summarizes the description of cognitive and semantic structures in Part I, and returns to the Single Event Condition from Chapter 1. That condition requires that a constituent containing A'-movement describes a single event. It therefore converts the theory elaborated in Part I into predictions concerning the distribution of A'-movement. Certain discrete patterns are expected, based on factors such as those governed by regular syntactic locality theory and the categorical well-formedness constraints on event structure from Part I, as well as syntactic height effects deriving from the distribution of Op (Chapter 4). However, there are also two expected sources of gradient acceptability. Firstly, world knowledge constrains the possibility of enrichment of noncontingent, temporal relations among events into contingent, macroevent-forming relations; secondly, aspectual coercion produces gradient effects in some cases.

Keywords: enrichment; coercion; gradience; locality; event structure

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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