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Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure$
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Malka Rappaport Hovav, Edit Doron, and Ivy Sichel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544325

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544325.001.0001

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Incremental Homogeneity in the Semantics of Aspectual for‐Phrases *

Incremental Homogeneity in the Semantics of Aspectual for‐Phrases *

(p.229) 11 Incremental Homogeneity in the Semantics of Aspectual for‐Phrases*
Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure

Fred Landman

Susan Rothstein

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the constraint on the distribution of for phrases, and thus a relevant definition of atelicity is best phrased using a notion of incremental homogeneity which we define and explain. We show that on this definition, accomplishment predicates with bare plural or mass objects are incrementally homogeneous on the assumption these nominal phrases are taken to denote kinds.

Keywords:   atelicity, homogeneity, kind terms, incrementality, event semantics

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