The emphatic interpretation of English verb-phrase preposing

Bern Samko

Abstract


This paper examines the emphatic interpretation associated with English verb-phrase preposing (VPP). Two main conclusions emerge. First, the emphatic interpretation is not an idiosyncratic property of VPP. Second, the interpretation is triggered not by any property of VPP, but rather by repetition of a lexical verb with a particular intonational contour.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/exabs.v0i0.2991