Title: Measuring Events
Authors: Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Linguistic Society of America
Series Title: Language vol:77 pages:61-90
Host Document: Language
Abstract: The telic-atelic distinction has been argued to hinge on the presence of a (bounded) internal argument measuring out the event, or, alternatively, a resultative small clause providing an end point for the event. Both perspectives are partially correct and partially incorrect. On the one hand, the resultative is more adequately seen as a measure than an end point; on the other, it is the resultative predicate rather than the internal argument that performs this measuring function. Empirical evidence is adduced in support of this point of view: resultative predicates are subject to the requirement that they denote a bounded scale. Only bounded predicates can delimit an event by providing it with minimal parts. As a matter of conceptual necessity, unbounded predicates, though potentially denoting end points, cannot function as event measures.
ISSN: 0097-8507
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Formal and Computational Linguistics (ComForT), Leuven
Formal and Computational Linguistics (ComForT), Campus Brussels
Linguistics Research Unit - miscellaneous

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