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Croft, William, 1956-
Verbs : aspect and causal structure / William Croft
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012
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 4th Floor  P281 .C76 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Grammar, Comparative and general -- Verb
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Aspect
Physical Description xvii, 448 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Summary "This book presents a model of event structure for the analysis of aspectual constructions and argument structure constructions in English and other languages. Representing the culmination of two decades of the author's research and thought, it explores the contribution of semantics to the argument-structure and tense-aspect constructions in which verbs occur, integrating the aspectual and causal structures of events. The argument is framed in relation to current and previous scholarship and takes full account of diachronic and usage-based research. Professor Croft's analysis encompasses the full range of English verb classes and is enriched throughout by a strong typological dimension: the syntax and semantics of verbs are always seen from a crosslinguistic perspective. This allows the author to demonstrate the generality of his theory and to show how it breaks new ground in predicting and explaining linguistic facts. The subject of the book is at the heart of current work in syntax and semantics and the interface between them. It will interest semanticists, syntacticians and cognitive and functional-typological linguists. The transparency of the author's style and his avoidance of theory-dependent constructs will extend its appeal to linguists of all theoretical stripes."--Publisher's website
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [408]-428) and indexes
Contents Introduction -- The aspectual structure of events -- Change, boundedness, and construal -- The interaction of grammatical and lexical semantics: quantitative and qualitative analyses -- Toward a force-dynamic theory of argument realization -- Causal structure in verbal semantics and argument realization -- The interaction of aspect and causal structure in verb meaning -- Complex predicate constructions and the semantics of simple verbs -- Verb meaning and argument structure constructions -- Envoi
Series Oxford linguistics

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