LINGUIST List 9.1782

Tue Dec 15 1998

Books: Semantics & Syntax

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  1. Damon Zucca, Aspect, Eventuality Types and Nominal Semantics; Filip, Hana

Message 1: Aspect, Eventuality Types and Nominal Semantics; Filip, Hana

Date: 15 Dec 98 15:41:07 -0500
From: Damon Zucca <>
Subject: Aspect, Eventuality Types and Nominal Semantics; Filip, Hana

Filip, Hana; Aspect, Eventuality Types and Nominal Semantics;
0-8153-3271-8, Cloth; 321 pages, $71; Garland Publishing; Outstanding
Dissertations in Linguistics

This book examines the interplay between the semantics of noun phrases
and verbal predicates, with an emphasis on data drawn from Czech and
English, and comparisons to German and Finnish. The primary focus is
on shifts in readings assigned to verbal predicates between
event-readings and process-readings, often called 'aspect shift' or
'coercion', and how these shifts are related to the semantics of
constituent noun phrases. The book examines quantificational and
definite interpretations of determinerless noun phrases in Czech that
are induced by the semantics of grammatical aspect (perfective and
imperfective), and by semantic properties of verbal affixes.

Three main these are defended in this book. The first is that
grammatical aspect and eventuality types (state, event, and process)
are related in so far as some of their semantic properties can be
modeled in terms of mereological 'part-of' relation (her, as a
complete join semilattice), and this is what accounts for their
systematic interactions. A second thesis is that the thematic
structure of verbs governs the seemingly disparate ways in which the
interactions between verbal predicates and nominal arguments are
manifested. And third, we can provide a unified analysis for the
various interactions between verbal predicates and nominal arguments
within a constraint-based (or unification-based) approach to natural
language description. The book also gives a detailed analysis of
certain verbal affixes (chiefly prefixes) in Slavic languages, arguing
that they have the semantic properties of quantifiers, with the
variable (event or individual) they bind also determined by the
thematic structure of verbs.

This book will be of interest to a wide range of linguists concerned
with aspect and how it interacts with lexical semantics, morphology,
syntax and quantification.

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