Beginning Novels and Finishing Hamburgers: Remarks on the Semantics of to begin

@article{Egg2003BeginningNA,
  title={Beginning Novels and Finishing Hamburgers: Remarks on the Semantics of to begin},
  author={Markus Egg},
  journal={J. Semantics},
  year={2003},
  volume={20},
  pages={163-191}
}
Verbs like begin may take either a VP or an NP complement, but their meaning is pretty similar in both cases, e.g. for begin, the start of an eventuality is at stake. Pustejovsky’s approach captures this similarity in terms of an invariant meaning of the verb, which entails a process of reinterpretation for the transitive variant of the verb. I will show that while the intuitions of this proposal are on the right track, its actual implementation suffers from a number of shortcomings. I will… CONTINUE READING

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