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All paintings is figure in development. the information built during this paintings may be (and most likely may be) built additional, revised, and multiplied. however it used to be time to jot down them down and ship them out. a few of these rules approximately linking had their origins in my 1987 dissertation. even if, this paintings has grown past the dissertation in a few very important methods. crucial of those advances lie in, first, articulating aspectual roles as linguistic items over which lexical semantic phenomena will be acknowledged, and over which linking generalizations are said; moment, spotting that syntactic phenomena might be categorised to whether or no longer they're delicate to the middle occasion of occasion constitution; and 3rd, spotting the modularity of aspectual and thematic/conceptual constitution, and associating that modularity with a distinction among language-specific and common language generalizations. the 3 chapters of the publication are geared up round those principles. i've got attempted to country those principles as powerful theses. the place they make powerful predictions i've got intended them to take action, as a explore for destiny examine. i'm hoping that different researchers will absorb the problem to enquire, try out and increase those rules throughout a much wider realm of languages than I --as one individual --can do.

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Entails: George's belt is loose. No comparable entailments are available for the subject above. No definite endstate is indicated for Susan, William, Ken or George after the events of ripening, opening, etc. are over. LINKING 23 Incremental-theme verbs and path-object verbs do not usually have a cognate predicate in the language to express the endstate. Incremental-theme verbs and path-object verbs differ in the kind of endstates they entail. Incremental theme verbs entail that the measuring object has been completely consumed or created or traversed in the course of the event.

A spatially delimited object or material has some fixed extent in space, even if that extent is unknown. The parallels between the count/mass distinction for nominals and the aspectual delimited/non-delimited distinction are well-known. Two properties of mass terms having to do with closure of reference, cumulative reference and distributive reference, have been applied to the delimited/non-delimited distinction by several authors among them, Taylor (1977), Moure1atos (1981), Krifka (1992) and Hinrichs (1985): Cumulative reference: The sum of two denotations of a mass term is in the denotation of that term.

9 Deleting measuring direct arguments: unspecified NP deletion Argument structure alternations in which a measuring argument is deleted can also be found in English. There is a class of canonic all y transitive verbs which are sometimes used intransitively, without their canonical objects. In these cases the verb is understood as if it had some generic or unspecified object (Mittwoch (1981) and (1982), Lehrer (1970), Browne (1981». For example: 44 CAROL TENNY (76) a. Brian ate a peppercorn. b. Brian ate a meal.

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