In one sense, Lambalgen and Hamm's book is easy to summarize. It examines a variety of temporal phenomena in natural language from an event-based perspective. It provides a formalization of the notion of event (using a modification of Shanahan's  version of the Event Calculus, a many-sorted first-order theory), defines a dynamic-style semantics for… (More)
The present paper deals with the semantics of locative expressions. Our approach is essentially model–theoretic, using basic geometrical properties of the space–time continuum. We shall demonstrate that locatives consist of two layers: the first layer defines a location and the second a type of movement with respect to that location. The elements defining… (More)
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1 0. Introduction This paper examines German Final Devoicing in OT and shows that a full account of the data requires not only an explanation for Final Devoicing itself, but also a model of the stratification of the lexicon. The point of departure of this study is the observation that although various recently proposed analyses of German Final Devoicing in… (More)
1 Aspectual coercion as an intensional phenomenon Ever since Vendler's famous classification of verbs with respect to their time schemata, linguists have distinguished at least four aspectual classes or Aktionsarten. These classes comprise states, activities, accomplishments, achievements and points 1 , which are exemplified in (1) to (5). (3)… (More)
Starting off from common assumptions on the relationship between ambiguity and the process of disambiguation with regard to the technique of underspec-ification, we argue that disambiugation may be viewed as non-monotonic in nature in certain cases involving anaphora resolution. We then go on to present a formal analysis framed in a coupling of Discourse… (More)
This paper explores several interrelated pragmatic issues connected to the (verbal and adjectival) passive and the periphrastic perfect tense. The language of investigation is Ger-man. In sections 1 and 2, I start with tense selection, as both verbal passives and Extended Now adverbs impose restrictions on the tenses they can co-occur with. While the… (More)