Syntax and Aspect: The Aspectual Influence of the Noun Phrase: (a)telicity, (a)symmetry, incrementality and universality

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Abstract

Since Verkuyl (1972), we have known that a noun phrase can affect the (a)telicity of the verbal predicate. Since then, there have been both semantic and syntactic accounts of this aspectual influence of the noun (AIN). This raises the question of whether the AIN is best accounted for in semantic or syntactic terms, that is, whether it is more appropriately treated as semantic or syntactic in nature. In this article, I outline a representative range of semantic and syntactic approaches to the AIN with an eye to which of these accounts best handles three related observations: the independence of incrementality and the AIN, an asymmetry in aspectual contribution by count and mass nouns, and the non-universality of the AIN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)831-845
Number of pages15
JournalLinguistics and Language Compass
Volume4
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language

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