María J. Arche at LEL Research Seminar (Feb 28)

Posted on February 27, 2017 by

Tomorrow, February 28,  we welcome María Arche at the LEL Research Seminar. María Arche has a PhD in Theoretical Linguistics and Language Acquisition and currently resides at the University of Greenwich. Her talk tomorrow will deal with ‘Perfective but incomplete accomplishments’. Here is the abstract:

Perfective but incomplete accomplishments

María J. Arche

University of Greenwich

This talk is about the non-culminating readings that some accomplishments can have even in combination with perfective viewpoint aspect. Despite being in the perfective and retaining the properties of heterogeneous events, some accomplishments do not entail the culmination of the situation, hence positing a puzzle to standard theories on telicity. Although initially identified in a rather small number of languages such as Hindi (Singh 1998), Thai (Koenig & Muansuwan 2000) or Salish (Bar-el et al 2005), some authors (Martin & Shafer 2013, Arche 2014, Demirdache & Martin 2015, a.o.) have recently suggested that such a phenomenon can be at the root of other issues observed in other languages, such as defeasible causative constructions (Martin & Schäfer 2013), the dual compatibility of for-time and in-time with some accomplishments in English or Spanish (Arche 2014). In this talk I contribute to the debate around this issue in a twofold way: by further documenting the phenomenon of nonculminating accomplishments in Spanish and by putting forth an account based on the properties of viewpoint aspect. In particular, I will argue for the existence of a partitive perfective in Spanish, focusing on the correlation of two indicators: the preference in these cases for the overtness of for+time adverbials, which I argue to be partitive and modifiers of the Assertion Time as opposed to the Event Time (categories as in Klein 1994 and Demirdache & Uribe-Etxebarria 2004) and hence leaving event terminus only as a possibility; and the paraphrase of the perfective with the analytical form corresponding to what can be called perfective progressive in Spanish. Perfective progressives can be shown to be different from the typically known progressives, which are imperfective in their semantics. I defend that perfective progressives are the explicit form of a partitive operator which is also associated with perfective semantics, since they refer to an interval of time that is bounded.


Please join us for the talk! As usual, everyone is invited to stick around afterwards to talk to our speaker over some wine and crisps.

Event details:

Location: Ellen Wilkinson Building, room A2.6

Date and time: Tuesday, Feb 28, 4.15pm-5.30pm

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