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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

About the editors

Boban Arsenijević is a Ramon y Cajal researcher at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas in Madrid. His interests cover different topics in syntax and semantics, including the issues of verbal aspect, clausal embedding, the nature of and mutual relations between syntactic categories and the comparative cognitive status of natural language.

Berit Gehrke is a Juan de la Cierva researcher at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. She is interested in semantics and the syntax-semantics interface and has worked on topics related to event predicates, time and space, the kind-token distinction, and modification.

Rafael Marín (Ph.D in linguistics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2001) is researcher of linguistics at the laboratory STL (UMR 8163), CNRS / Université de Lille 3. His work focuses on lexical aspect and related phenomena. He has mainly worked on stativity, non-verbal predication (nominalizations, adjectives and participles, copular constructions) and psychological predicates.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Studies in the Composition and Decomposition of Event Predicates
  • Editors Boban Arsenijević
    Berit Gehrke
    Rafael Marín
  • Series Title Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies in Linguist.,Phil.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-5982-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-9801-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-5983-1
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 252
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
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