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- 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
This chapter discusses three semantic approaches to event nominalizations: The Davidsonian, the Kimian, and the truthmaker-based approach. It argues that a combination of the three approaches is required for the semantics of the full range of event and state nominalizations as well as the related phenomenon of adverbial modification. The chapter also presents data regarding a distinction between two sorts of nominalizations of psychological and illocutionary verbs that challenge the received view of the identity of the events described by verbs and by (non-gerundive) deverbal nominalizations. These data bear on a distinction between ‘actions’ and ‘products’ introduced by the Polish philosopher Twardowski.
Friederike Moltmann is research director at the French Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and in recent years has been visiting researcher at New York University. Her research focuses on the interface between natural language semantics and philosophy (metaphysics, but also philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mathematics). She received a PhD in 1992 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has taught both linguistics and philosophy at various universities in the US, the UK, France, and Italy.
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