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Linguistic Inquiry

Winter 2008, Vol. 39, No. 1, Pages 128-147
(doi: 10.1162/ling.2008.39.1.128)
© 2008 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Domain of Aspectual Interpretation
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Abstract

Thompson (2006) argues for a syntactic account of telicity in which DPs and PPs check a [bounded] feature at an AspP projection above vP to create a telic predicate. I provide evidence for an AspP projection between vP and VP and argue that AspP and everything AspP dominates defines a domain of aspectual interpretation, a syntactic space within which elements must be located in order to affect the telicity of a predicate. I provide data showing that elements above AspP cannot affect aspectual interpretation. These data pose a serious problem for Thompson's account.