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Events and Narratives in Language

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Edited By Janusz Badio

This book analyzes events and narratives from the points of view of literature, grammar, discourse, and semantics. The contributors explore the issues related to the ways of portraying stories and their events within a cultural and literary framework. They also examine the role of prefixes in construing events and asymmetries that exist in time-creating event markers from a contrastive perspective. The contributions focus on narrativity as a semantic category, and on how events are described in signed languages. They place the event and narrative categories at the center of interest and their specific goals are pursued by applying different, both qualitative and quantitative, research methods.

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Prefixes and Events: on the Structure of Events (Adam Biały)

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Adam Biały

University of Wrocław, Poland

Prefixes and Events: on the Structure of Events

Abstract: The paper presents an account of verbal prefixation as a diagnostic for event structure status of input verbs. The adopted model of language description is of the neo-constructionist type (cf. Ramchand 2008) with particular emphasis on the derivation of grammatical categories from underspecified stems. The discussion of event structure is based on Levin and Rappaport Hovav (1999, 2006). In the final part of the paper, the account is applied to psychological verbs with the aim of indicating event structure distinctions within this verb class.1

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