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Aspectual effects of a pluractional suffix: Evidence from Lithuanian⋆

Solveiga Armoskaite

in Count and Mass Across Languages

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654277
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746048 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654277.003.0008

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Aspectual effects of a pluractional suffix: Evidence from Lithuanian⋆

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Aspect has to do with the time of an event expressed by a verbal predicate, e.g. whether event has an endpoint (draw a circle) or not (run). Since Verkuyl (1973), it has been noted that the endpoint of an event may be affected by nominal elements within the VP, e.g. Number on the verbal argument (plural or singular). The chapter proposes that similar aspectual effects of Number are also found in the domain of verbal suffixes (cf. Bar-el, 2008; Ferreira 2005; Yu 2003). The chapter shows that a Lithuanian verbal suffix inė- , traditionally considered aspectual, encodes Number of events while its aspectual effects are secondary. Building on the similarity of aspectual effects, the chapter proposes a unified account of Number across verbal and nominal domains.

Keywords: aspect; evaluative; Lithuanian; number; pluractional; root

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Subjects: Semantics

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