Extended projections of V: Inner Aspect

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This chapter discusses variation within the domain of inner aspect. The main question that it addresses is whether or not the variation found within inner aspect constitutes evidence in favor of classic Principles and Parameter style parameters, namely, parameters that have an effect on narrow syntax and are associated with a cluster of properties. The main data discussed is related to the aspectual influence that the direct object has been claimed to have on (a)telicity and the variety of cross-linguistic elements that have been noted to induce telicity. I will conclude that the range of attested variation does not provide conclusive support for syntactic parameters within the domain of inner aspect. It is arguably best accounted for by features of the morphonological component and by features of the lexicon.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContemporary Linguistic Parameters
EditorsAntonio Fabregas, Jaume Mateu, Michael Putnam
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
ISBN (Print)9781472533937, 9781350097049
StatePublished - Nov 2015

Publication series

NameContemporary Studies in Linguistics


  • (a)telicity
  • resultative predicates
  • Slavic prefixes
  • Chinese verb compounding
  • Spanish reflexives
  • aspectual influence of noun
  • event endpoints


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