Events as Grammatical Objects: The Converging Perspectives of Lexical Semantics and Syntax

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Researchers in lexical semantics, logical semantics, and syntax have traditionally employed different approaches in their study of natural languages. Yet, recent research in all three fields have demonstrated a growing recognition that the grammars of natural languages structure and refer to events in particular ways. This convergence on the theory of events as grammatical objects is the motivation for this volume, which brings together premiere researchers in these disciplines to specifically address the topic of event structure. The selection of works presented in this volume originated from a 1997 workshop funded by the National Science Foundation regarding Events as Grammatical Objects, from the Combined Perspectives of Lexical Semantics, Logical Semantics and Syntax.

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Table of Contents

I: Morpho-semantic Composition of Event Structure
1. A History of Events in Linguistic Theory
Carol Tenny and James Pustejovsky
2. The Quantization Puzzle
Hana Filip
3. On Lexical Verb Meanings: Evidence from Salish
Henry Davis and Hamida Demirdache
II: How Phrase Structure Encodes Events
4. Event Structure in Syntax
Lisa Travis
5. Event Structure and Ergativity
Elizabeth Ritter and Sara Rosen
6. Event Semantics in the Lexicon-Syntax Interface
Angeliek van Hout
III: Event Structure and the Syntax and Semantics of Adverbs
7. Core events and adverbial modification
Carol L. Tenny
8. Manners and Events
Thomas Ernst
9. Some Effects of Manner Adverbials on Meaning
June M. Wickboldt
IV: On Event and State Arguments
10. How to Tell Events Apart
Alice G.B. ter Meulen
11. Anti neo-Davidsonianism
Graham Katz
12. On Stativity and Causation
Liina Pylkkänen
13. Events and the Semantics of Opposition
James Pustejovsky
14. Some Remarks on Linguistic Uses of the Notion of Event
Barbara Partee
Subject Index
Name Index

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