Event Structure vs. Stage Structure and Abstract Aspectual Relations

TitleEvent Structure vs. Stage Structure and Abstract Aspectual Relations
Publication TypeArticle dans des actes
Année de la conférence2000
AuthorsCaudal, Patrick, and Laurent Roussarie
Nom de la conférenceProceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society: General Session and Parasession on Aspect (2000)
Date de publication2000
PublisherBerkeley Linguistics Society
Conference LocationBerkeley

Introduction v Currently dominant neo-davidsonian view on aspect calculus has driven many to study event structure in terms of mereological, part-of relationships ; it will be argued here that this approach is not appropriate for theoretical & empirical reasons (cf. Asher (1993) & Verkuyl (1993) for related positions, on philosophical grounds); v An alternative approach based on discourse-like relations will be proposed. Main features : Explicit relations between situations, sub-situations (or situation stages) and aspectual viewpoints ; Empirical evidence in a variety of languages suggesting indeed that event types / event structure (= situation structure / eventuality structure) should be regarded as a language-specific issue. 2 Preliminary definitions : some basic aspectual concepts 2.1 Defining situation structure and lexical aspect