Aspectual (De)composition

This advanced seminar will analyse the potential ingredients of the aspectual composition of complex sentences , breaking them down into their aspectual and event structure components. We will examine data from various natural languages to assess the contributions in turn of perfective/imperfective marking, aspectual auxiliaries and adjunct PPs. Within the VP, the contribution of lexical classes and the relationship of the verb to the internal argument and to case marking will also be discussed. The languages analysed will include Romance, Slavic, Finnish, Bengali and Scottish Gaelic. The readings for the course are likely to include.

Filip, H. The Quantization Puzzle. In Events as Grammatical Objects.

C. Tenny and J. Pustejovsky, (eds.) Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications.

Krifka, M. (1989) Nominal reference, temporal constitution and quantification in event semantics. In Semantics and contextual expression. R. Bartsch, J. van Bentham and P. van Emde Boas (eds.). Dordrecht: Foris.

Kiparsky, P. Partitive Case and Aspect, in The Projection of Arguments. M. Butt and W. Geuder, (eds.). Stanford, CA: CSLI publications.

Ramchand, G. (2002). Aktionsart, L-syntax and Selection. In Proceedings of the Utrecht conference on Aspect, Utrecht.

Verkuyl, H. (1993). A Theory of Aspectuality. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.