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The magic of the moment - what it means to be a punctual verb

  • Lexical-semantic theories often suffer from the imprecision of the concepts they employ in their representations. This leads to a considerable decrease in empirical strength by inviting circular argumentation. A demonstration of how to go about overcoming such shortcomings will be carried out, using the lexical semantic concept of "punctuality" as an example. Firstly, I will argue that the distinction between punctuality and durativity plays a crucial role for the explanation of a wide range of syntactic and semantic phenomena. Secondly, I will discuss methodological issues involved in arriving at a more precise definition of punctuality and, finally, the notion of "punctuality" will be given an interpretation on the basis of extensive consultation of research on cognitive time concepts.

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Author:Stefan Engelberg
URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:mh39-10762
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, February 12-15, 1999. Berkeley : Berkeley Linguistics Society
Publisher:Berkeley Linguistics Society
Place of publication:Berkeley
Editor:Josef Ruppenhofer, Lily Liaw, Steve S. Chang
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Language:English
Year of first Publication:1999
Tag:punctual verb
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Englisch; Verb
Pagenumber:13
First Page:109
Last Page:121
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 430 Deutsch
BDSL-Classification:Sprache im 20. Jahrhundert. Gegenwartssprache
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Semantik
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung 3.0 Deutschland