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Introduction

Violeta Demonte and Louise McNally

in Telicity, Change, and State

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693498
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741715 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693498.003.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Introduction

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This Introduction starts by discussing the reason why the phrase event structure should be talked about in general terms. It is then defined as the formal characterization or representation (in whatever terms) of the different components of eventualities and the relations between them. It then goes on to discuss the concept of developing a theory of event structure. The Introduction then briefly discusses some of the key opening questions surrounding the notions of telicity, change, and state that are addressed later in the book. It then reviews the key issues that emerge when event structure is considered at the interface between the lexicon, syntax, and semantics and illustrates some of the benefits of the cross-categorial perspective that is emphasized in this book, especially with relation to cross-linguistic data. The Introduction closes with an overview of the individual chapters.

Keywords: event structure; eventualities; telicity; change; state; cross-categorial perspective

Chapter.  8909 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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