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The Syntax of AspectDeriving Thematic and Aspectual Interpretation$
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Nomi Erteschik-Shir and Tova Rapoport

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280445.001.0001

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Event Structure and Morphosyntax in Navajo

Event Structure and Morphosyntax in Navajo

(p.190) 9 Event Structure and Morphosyntax in Navajo
The Syntax of Aspect


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Event structure in Navajo presents a challenge to generative linguistic analysis. The Navajo verb word has a complex structure with an abstract stem and prefixes that appear in fixed positions. The positions are traditionally represented by a template. This chapter determines how information about event structure is conveyed in the Navajo verb, and considers how best to represent such structure in a linguistic account. It discusses two different approaches: that of semantically-based syntax, and the surface-structure interpretation of Discourse Representation Theory. It is argued that the latter is preferable on grounds of simplicity and adequacy.

Keywords:   Discourse Representation Theory, DRT, event structure, scope, surface structure, template

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