Marking aspect along a scale: The semantics of -te iku and -te kuru in Japanese

Yusuke Kubota

Abstract


This paper proposes an analysis of two aspectual markers "-te iku" and "-te kuru" in Japanese within a scale-based approach to semantics, focusing on cases in which they occur with degree achievements (or, incremental change of state predicate). It will be shown that the complex telicity and entailment patterns that these aspectual markers exhibit when they occur with degree achievements in Japanese can be explained by analyzing them as operators that change the scale structures of the predicates that they take as arguments.

Keywords


scale structure; aspectual composition; telicity; degree achievement; change of state predicate; Japanese

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/salt.v20i0.2560

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