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

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Research in lexical semantics, logical semantics, and syntax has demonstrated a growing recognition that the grammars of natural languages structure and refer to events in particular ways. This convergence on events as grammatical objects cross these disciplines is the motivation for this volume, which brings together researchers from the areas of lexical semantics, logical semantics, and syntax specifically to address the topic of event structure. Lexical semantics and logical semantics are two enterprises that ...
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Overview

Research in lexical semantics, logical semantics, and syntax has demonstrated a growing recognition that the grammars of natural languages structure and refer to events in particular ways. This convergence on events as grammatical objects cross these disciplines is the motivation for this volume, which brings together researchers from the areas of lexical semantics, logical semantics, and syntax specifically to address the topic of event structure. Lexical semantics and logical semantics are two enterprises that use different tools and address different questions. This volume specifically focuses on topics relating to events in grammar, where the work of lexical semanticists, logical semanticists, and syntacticians intersect.
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Introduction Carol Tenny and James Pustejovsky; Part I. Foundational Issues in Event Semantics: 1. What lexical semantics reveals about the nature of events Beth Levin; 2. Events, predication, and Qualia structure James Pustejovsky; Part II. Grammatical Components of Complex Events: 3. The Quantization puzzle Hana Filip; 4. Events and thematic role assignments to affected objects Gregory Carlson; Part III. Event Structure and the Syntax and Semantics of Adverbs: 5. Some effects of manner adverbials on meaning June M. Wickboldt; 6. Manners and events Tom Ernst; 7. Core events and adverbial modification Carol Tenny; Part IV. Event Structure and Morphosyntax: 8. Event structure in syntax Lisa Travis; 9. Verb Frame alternations in Dutch and their acquisition Angeliek Van Hout; 10. Ergativity and event structure Elizabeth Ritter and Sara Rosen; 11. On lexical verb meanings: evidence from Salish Henry Davis and Hamida Demirdache; Part V. Grammaticalization of Events and Non-Events: 12. On the internal structure of stative psychological causatives in Finnish Liina Pylkkanen; 13. Anti neo-Davidsonianism Graham Katz; Part VI. Thoughts: 14. Where we are in the study of events in natural language Barbara Partee.
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