4 4 The composition of incremental change

Christopher Kennedy

in Telicity, Change, and State

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693498
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741715 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

4 4 The composition of incremental change

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Focusing on the analysis of degree achievements, Kennedy and Levin (2008) suggest that it is possible to provide a unified analysis of verbs of variable telicity in which aspect is determined by a function that measures the degree to which an object changes relative to some scalar dimension over the course of an event, which they refer to as a measure of change chapter. This chapter shows how this analysis can be extended to incremental theme verbs. In particular, The chapter demonstrates that the measure of change function in incremental predicates comes not from the verb, but from an independently necessary component of the incremental theme argument, and that the resulting scalar semantics is one in which the referential properties of this determine telicity in exactly the same way as the scalar properties of an adjectival root in degree achievements.

Keywords: aspectual composition; incremental themes; degree achievements; measure functions; nominal reference; partitives

Chapter.  8551 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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