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

  title={Beginning Novels and Finishing Hamburgers: Remarks on the Semantics of to begin},
  author={Markus Egg},
  journal={J. Semantics},
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

From This Paper

Topics from this paper.


Publications referenced by this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 21 references

Flexible Semantic Construction: The Case of Reinterpretation

M. Egg
Habilitation thesis. Universität des Saarlandes • 2000
View 7 Excerpts
Highly Influenced

The Constraint Language for Lambda Structures

Journal of Logic, Language and Information • 2001
View 4 Excerpts

Modifikation von Resultatszuständen und lexikalischsemantischen Repräsentationen

J. Dölling
View 1 Excerpt

Quantifiers, Anaphora, and Intensionality

Journal of Logic, Language and Information • 1997
View 2 Excerpts

Radical underspecification

M. Pinkal
Proceedings of the 10th Amsterdam Colloquium. ILLC • 1996
View 2 Excerpts

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…