Motion Events: Syntactic- Semantic Mapping
Sameerah Tawfeeq Saeed

In this paperI examine the syntactic and semantic properties of events and, more specifically, events that involve motion verbs. I propose a semantic-syntactic analysis which combines insights from Dowty’s (1979) and Rothstein’s (2004) semantic approaches and Ramchand’s (2008) syntactic approach. I claim that the semantic components of an event structure can be reflected in certain functional heads in a VP extended structure. More precisely, I argue that the BECOME event involved in Accomplishment and Achievement events as proposed in Dowty’s (1979) and Rothstein’s (2004) semantic approaches is parallel to ResP in Ramchand (2008). Moreover, I distinguish between what counts as a BECOME element and culmination and their syntactic representations.

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