The paper offers a new type of approach to the semantic phenomenon of adverbial aspect shift. It accounts for standard data that resisted a full theoretical explanation so far and deals with some challenging new data, moreover. The theory combines concepts from the fields of theoretical computer science (regular languages), artificial intelligence… (More)
The paper offers a new type of approach to the semantic phenomenon of adverbial aspect shift within the framework of finite-state temporal semantics. The heart of the proposal is a supervaluational concept of underspecification, and the idea of treating the meanings of temporal prepositions as dynamic presuppositions. The simple shifting algorithm used in… (More)
Aspectual shifts in connection with temporal adverbial modification usually are treated by close analogy with type-coercion in programming languages. The paper shows that by taking a good metaphor too literally, semantic research so far did not do full justice to the kind of flexibility observable in the natural language examples. A new proposal is… (More)
3 Eine dynamische Syntax für links-und rechtsperiphere temporale Ad-verbiale 149 3.