Research talk

April 6, 16-17.30 h.,Erasmusbuilding 14.11

Veerle van Geenhoven, KUN

On the Semantic Variety of Characterizing Sentences

Abstract: Concentrating on the West Greenlandic aspect marker -tar-, I address the question of whether this kind of marker supports a uniform relational
 analysis of habitual and other characterizing sentences, as proposed in Krifka et al. (1995). I argue that it does not. I show that the distribution of -tar- leads to a semantic diversity in the class of characterizing sentences, which brings along different sources of their nonparticular, generic nature.