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Hindi Aspectual Complex Predicates
(CSLI Publications, 2009)
This paper discusses ergative case assignment in Hindi and its interaction with aspectual verb complexes or complex predicate constructions. It is shown that ergative case is assigned by the last head in the aspectual ...
Semantically transparent linking in HPSG
(CSLI Publications, 2003)
Most researchers now agree that subcategorization correlates significantly with semantics. But this semantic component of linking has proved elusive. Most, if not all, theories of linking have, in pratice, resorted to ...
Raising doubts about Russian impersonals
(CSLI Publications, 2004)
The Russian data presented in Perlmutter and Moore (2002) seem to call into question the standard analysis of raising within Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG): In Russian, the case marking of the raising ...
What is a perfect state?
(Cascadilla Press, 2004)
Although many previous studies have tried to explain the English perfect’s various readings, none of them have been entirely successful. In this article, we argue that the perfect is pragmatically, rather than semantically, ...
Scalarity and state changes in Mandarin (and other languages)
One of the goals of lexical semantics is to delineate the space of possiblemeanings, how it varies across language, and to compare that space with what we know of conceptual space. Vendler (1967), Dowty (1979), Carter ...
The interface between Syntax and Semantics
What does it mean to be a dependent?
(CSLI Publications, 2003)
This paper shows that the Gerund Phrase (GP) in the Spanish Gerund Construction (e.g., El jefe entr´o a su oficina corriendo, lit. ‘The boss entered his office running’) is sometimes a complement (in SGCC) and sometimes ...
The discourse functions of the present perfect
(John Benjamins, 2008)
The interpretation of the present perfect is often assumed to require pragmatic inferences. However, what rules speakers use to perform these pragmatic inferences is not clear. This paper reports two corpus studies of the ...
The Lexical Source of Unexpressed Participants and their Role in Sentence and Discourse Understanding
(John Benjamins, 2002)
This chapter presents preliminary evidence that bears on the issue of how unexpressed (agent) participants are represented and when they are included in the representations of agentless passive sentences using two experimental ...
When entailments abandon ship: Resolution of semantic conflict through Entailment Transfer Metonymy
The sentence “The ship confronted the storm,” must be interpreted nonliterally since confronting something requires intention. This sentence represents Entailment Transfer Metonymy (ETM), a previously undescribed variant ...