- Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics
- Copyright Page
- List of Figures and Tables
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Contributors
- Aspectual Classes
- Events and States
- Event Composition and Event Individuation
- The Semantic Representation of Causation and Agentivity
- Force Dynamics
- Event Structure without naïve Physics
- Event Kinds
- Thematic Roles and Events
- Semantic Domains for Syntactic Word-Building
- Neodavidsonianism in Semantics and Syntax
- Event Structure and Verbal Decomposition
- Nominals and Event Structure
- Adjectives and Event Structure
- Lexicalization Patterns
- Secondary Predication
- Event Structure and Syntax
- Inner Aspect Crosslinguistically
- Tense and Aspect in Discourse Representation Theory
- Coherence Relations
- Form-Independent Meaning Representation for Eventualities
- The Neurophysiology of Event Processing in Language and Visual Events
Abstract and Keywords
In accounting for causativity and related constructions, it was popular at first to avoid appealing to events and event structure. But internal problems with this conservative approach motivate the introduction of eventualities into the semantic apparatus. Terence Parsons gets the credit for seeing this. His ideas can serve as the basis of a theory that begins to do justice to how causal notions are incorporated in natural language morphology. But work remains to be done in refining Parsons’ logical primitives, in relating the semantic picture to work in the metaphysics of causation, and in developing the causal picture in relation to other ideas about eventualities, such as the work discussed in this volume.
Richmond H. Thomason has taught at Yale University, the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently a Professor of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. He has written two logic textbooks, and edited several books in areas related to logic and linguistics.
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