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Inner Aspect

The Articulation of VP


  • Argues for a new phrase structure

  • Presents data from underdocumented languages (in particular Malagasy) to support this view

  • Uses cross-linguistic comparisons to support this view


Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 80)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Lisa deMena Travis
    Pages 1-17
  3. Lisa deMena Travis
    Pages 19-50
  4. Lisa deMena Travis
    Pages 51-91
  5. Lisa deMena Travis
    Pages 93-131
  6. Lisa deMena Travis
    Pages 133-156
  7. Lisa deMena Travis
    Pages 157-204
  8. Lisa deMena Travis
    Pages 205-239
  9. Lisa deMena Travis
    Pages 241-274
  10. Lisa deMena Travis
    Pages 275-284
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 285-308

About this book


This monograph probes the structure of the verb phrase through a cross-linguistic investigation of the syntax and morphology of relevant constructions. In particular, the author provides evidence for two event-related non-lexical projections called "inner aspect" and "event". The former is found within the verb phrase and encodes information on the endpoint of an event. The latter is found at the edge of the verb phrase and demarcates the boundary of a particular domain of syntax, L-syntax. Although languages vary in their use of these projections and in the way they encode the endpoints of events, the author argues that the comparison of a number of languages and the analysis of a range of constructions results in the emergence of a consistent picture.

While much of the discussion involves Austronesian languages such as Malagasy and Tagalog, other languages such as French, Spanish, Swedish, Scots Gaelic, Chinese, Japanese, Navajo, Slave, and Kalagan are discussed. Syntactic and morphological data from these languages are used to illuminate the details of the phrase structure of the verbal predicate. These data also aid in understanding how phrase structure is used to express certain facets of language, such as event structure, aspectual verb classes, productive and lexical causatives, derived objects, agents and causes, and coerced structures.


Morpheme Morphological Syntax aspect morphology objects semantics syntactic verb phrase

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.MontrealCanada

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