Verbal Particles Telicizing Stative Psych Verbs

  • Boldizsaár Eszes
Part of the Studies In Natural Language And Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 68)

This chapter aims to analyze two groups of Hungarian psychological verbs and their verbal particles. After discussing some classificatory issues in section 2, I conclude that these particles play a telicising role because the situation type of the base verb they are attached to is different from that of the resulting complex verb. In section 3, I attempt to show that these verbs pose a problem for current theories of the syntax-semantics interface, as they have rather peculiar mapping properties. Section 4 provides a semantic analysis in an aspectual framework which explains the notion of mental change in terms of scale structures. The final section deals with the semantic representation of the causative forms of psychological verbs in Hungarian.


Proper Part Internal Argument External Argument Thematic Role Preparatory Phase 
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