Scalar Verb Classes. Scalarity, Thematic Roles, and Arguments in the Estonian Aspectual Lexicon

TitleScalar Verb Classes. Scalarity, Thematic Roles, and Arguments in the Estonian Aspectual Lexicon
Publication TypeBook
AuthorsTamm, A.
Year2012
Pages241
PublisherFirenze University Press
Place of PublicationFlorence
SeriesBiblioteca di Studi di Filologia Moderna
Series Number14
LanguageEnglish
ISBN978-88-6655-055-6
Publisher linkhttp://www.fupress.com/scheda.asp?IDV=2249
Abstract

This monograph discusses scalar verb classes. It tests theories of linguistic form and meaning, arguments and thematic roles, using Estonian data. The analyses help to understand the aspectual structure of Estonian. In Estonian, transitive verbs fall into aspectual classes based on the type of case-marking of objects and adjuncts. The book relates the morphosyntactic frames of verbs to properties typically associated with adjectives and nouns: scalarity and boundedness. Verbs are divided according to how their aspect is composed. Some verbs lexicalize a scale, which can be bounded either lexically or compositionally. Aspectual composition involves the unification of features. Compositionally derived structures differ according to which of the aspectually relevant dimensions are bounded.

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