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Event individuation by objects: evidence from frequency adjectives

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dc.contributor.author McNally, Louise, 1965-
dc.contributor.author Gehrke, Berit
dc.date.accessioned 2021-01-19T09:56:10Z
dc.date.available 2021-01-19T09:56:10Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Gehrke B, McNally L. Event individuation by objects: evidence from frequency adjectives. In: Etxeberria U, Falaus A, Irurtzun A, Leferman B, editors. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 18; 2013 Sep 11-13; Vitoria, Spain. Vitoria: University of the Basque Country; 2014. p. 146-63.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/46210
dc.description Comunicació presentada a: Sinn und Bedeutung 18 celebrat del 11 al 13 de setembre de 2013 a Vitòria, Espanya.
dc.description.abstract Adverbially-interpreted temporal frequency adjectives (FAs) such as frequent, sporadic, and daily, are usually restricted to modifying event-denoting nominals (e.g. The house underwent frequent cleanings = Frequently, the house underwent cleanings vs. We saw frequent sailors/the frequent sailor 6= Frequently, we saw sailors/the sailor). In this, they contrast with what Gehrke and McNally (2012) refer to as nontemporal FAs (e.g. odd, cp. The odd sailor strolled by = A sailor strolled by on odd occasions). However, there is a systematic set of exceptions to this generalization, e.g. She wrote frequent letters, which have never been explained. In this paper we provide an analysis of these exceptional cases. Our account points to interesting parallelisms between the construction of interest and Kennedy’s (2012) use of Kratzer’s (1996) Event Identification to account for event measurement via measure expressions on incremental themes. It also situates this use of FAs within the family of semantic incorporation constructions, providing a novel example of how the varied morphosyntactic resources of a language can make it possible to fulfill the pragmatic functions that incorporation constructions serve for a wide variety of propositional contents.
dc.description.sponsorship This work has been supported by grants FFI2010-15006, FFI2012-34170, and JCI-2010-08581 from the Spanish government, as well as an ICREA Foundation Academia award.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Universidad del País Vasco
dc.relation.ispartof Etxeberria U, Falaus A, Irurtzun A, Leferman B, editors. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 18; 2013 Sep 11-13; Vitoria, Spain. Vitoria: University of the Basque Country; 2014. p. 146-63
dc.rights This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title Event individuation by objects: evidence from frequency adjectives
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject
dc.subject.keyword Semantics
dc.subject.keyword Adjectives
dc.subject.keyword Semantic incorporation
dc.subject.keyword Temporal modifiers
dc.subject.keyword Distributivity
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/3PN/FFI2010-15006
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/3PN/FFI2012-34170
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/3PN/JCI-2010-08581
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion

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