This chapter reviews some arguments that accomplishments are syntactically represented by ordered pairs of positions for events, and that the ‘accomplishment’ interpretation of a predicate may stem from the complex thematic structure <E,E'> of a preposition, a syntactic adjunct, rather than from the head verb. The structures <E,E'> are telic pairs; and it is argued that the formation of telic pairs is a compositional, rather than a lexical, process. This thesis is applied to a number of constructions, yielding the basis for a family of distinctions between English- (or Chinese-) type languages on the one hand, and Romance (or Korean or Japanese) on the other.
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