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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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Event Measurement and Containment

Event Measurement and Containment

(p.252) 12 Event Measurement and Containment
Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure

Anita Mittwoch

Oxford University Press

The chapter argues that in‐adverbials as in Jane walked five miles in one hour do not directly measure the event, but rather an interval containing the event. This explains why they work on a descending scale, so that the shorter the interval for which a claim is made, the stronger the claim. It also accounts for a number of constraints on in‐adverbials, e.g. #Jane walked five miles in at least one hour.

Keywords:   in-adverbials, descending scale, event measurement, containment, constraint

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