Studies in the Composition and Decomposition of Event Predicates

  • Boban Arsenijević
  • Berit Gehrke
  • Rafael Marín

Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 93)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Boban Arsenijević, Berit Gehrke, Rafael Marín
    Pages 1-26
  3. Beth Levin, Malka Rappaport Hovav
    Pages 49-70
  4. Kyle Rawlins
    Pages 153-193
  5. Evie Malaia, Ronnie B. Wilbur, Christine Weber-Fox
    Pages 231-248
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 249-252

About this book


This detailed, perceptive addition to the linguistics literature analyzes the semantic components of event predicates, exploring their fine-grained elements as well as their agency in linguistic processing. The papers go beyond pure semantics to consider their varying influences of event predicates on argument structure, aspect, scalarity, and event structure.

The volume shows how advances in the linguistic theory of event predicates, which have spawned Davidsonian and neo-Davidsonian notions of event arguments, in addition to ‘event structure’ frameworks and mereological models for the eventuality domain, have sidelined research on specific sets of entailments that support a typology of event predicates. Addressing this imbalance in the literature, the work also presents evidence indicating a more complex role for scalar structures than currently assumed. It will enrich the work of semanticists, psycholinguists, and syntacticians with a decompositional approach to verb phrase structure.


Argument Structure Event Structure Lexicalized meaning On adverbs of (space and) time Oriented adverbs and object experiencer psych-verbs The (de)composition of event predicates The processing domain of aspectual information distinguishing accomplishments from activities semantic entailments of event predicates types of aspectual misfits

Editors and affiliations

  • Boban Arsenijević
    • 1
  • Berit Gehrke
    • 2
  • Rafael Marín
    • 3
  1. 1.Higher Council for Scientific ResearchMadridSpain
  2. 2., Dept. of Translation & Lang. SciencesPompeu Fabra UniversityBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3., UMR 8163 (STL)University of Lille 3Villeneuve d’Ascq CedexFrance

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