Incremental Homogeneity in the Semantics of Aspectual for-Phrases

Fred Landman, Susan Rothstein

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This chapter argues that the constraint on the distribution of for phrases, and thus a relevant definition of atelicity is best phrased using a notion of incremental homogeneity which we define and explain. We show that on this definition, accomplishment predicates with bare plural or mass objects are incrementally homogeneous on the assumption these nominal phrases are taken to denote kinds.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191720536
ISBN (Print)9780199544325
StatePublished - 1 May 2010

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© Editorial matter and organization Malka Rappaport Hovav, Edit Doron, and Ivy Sichel 2010. © The chapters their several authors 2010. All rights reserved.


  • Atelicity
  • Event semantics
  • Homogeneity
  • Incrementality
  • Kind terms


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