Unlikely Imperfectives

Authors

  • Timothy W. Grinsell University of Chicago

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3765/salt.v24i0.2431

Abstract

The event-in-progress reading of the English incremental-theme progressive (Elena is drawing a circle) displays vagueness effects, especially when the culmination of the event denoted by the progressive is unlikely. This paper explains these unexpected vagueness effects by adopting a modal theory of the progressive and a gradable theory of modality. It is then possible to explain vagueness effects in the progressive as a result of the same semantic phenomena that generate vagueness effects in gradable adjectives like healthy.

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Published

2014-08-05

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