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Linguistic Inquiry

Spring 2006, Vol. 37, No. 2, Pages 211-228
(doi: 10.1162/ling.2006.37.2.211)
© 2006 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Structure of Bounded Events
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Abstract

To explain the semantic and syntactic compositionality of bounded interpretations, I propose here that events with a definite end point involve interpretation of the verb and either a bounded direct object or a bounded PP in the checking domain of Asp(ect)P, whereas unbounded events involve interpretation in a projection lower in the clause. This analysis explains the syntactic behavior of the ambiguous adverb quickly. In addition, it follows from the analysis that durative adjuncts are adjoined to VP, while time frame adjuncts are adjoined to AspP. Constructions involving preposition stranding, scope of only, parasitic gaps, and semantic restrictions on adjunct PP objects support this approach.