The parallels (morphological and otherwise) between progressive constructions and predicate adjectives in English offer insight into both. The author gives one possible analysis in support of the claim that both constructions are states, i.e. predicates of individuals. He also argues that (i) English verbal (and copular) morphology might be best understood in terms of the notions of past and non-past and that (ii) states are evaluated at moments in time while events are evaluated over intervals.
Proceedings of the 26th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
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