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Title: Aspectuality, telicity and the phrasal verb construction in English
Author: Armstrong, K.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2000
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Part One of the thesis describes the theoretical criteria needed for identifying and differentiating phrasal verbs, including lexical boundedness, phrasal telicity, durativity, thematic structure and lexical aktionsart. It takes Vendler's (1967) temporal analysis of situations, as adapted by Smith (1991), and applies this to phrasal verbs. It outlines how the constructional approach of Jackendoff (1997) may be adapted to establish the status of phrasal verb combinations (are they stored or are they built?). It then proceeds to develop a lexical-semantic taxonomy of transitive phrasal verb constructions. Part Two of the thesis describes these constructions in more detail. My main taxonomic subdivision, largely following Bolinger (1971) and Palmer (1974), is between directional and aspectual phrasal verb constructions. I conclude that directional phrasal verbs move an internal argument theme in the manner specified by the verb along the path specified by the particle, while aspectual phrasal verbs change an internal argument patient in the manner specified by the verb to an endpoint specified by the construction. I show the way in which these constructions contribute significantly to the temporal structure of the English verb phrase. The dissertation thus adapts and develops Jackendoff's (1997) constructional approach, proposing that phrasal verbs are built out of units that are themselves stored. These lexical verbs and constructional templates are then fused in the lexicon to produce multi-word verbs. Based on this notion of constructional compositionally and on such criteria as telicity and durativity, the study establishes a lexical-semantic taxonomy of phrasal verb constructions.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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