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The Internal Structure of Degree-Achievements: Evidence from again-Ambiguities
Walter Pedersen
169-177 (complete paper or proceedings contents)

Abstract

This paper examines the internal structure of achievement predicates, in particular that of Degree Achievement (DA) predicates. It is argued, based on evidence from again-ambiguities, that the internal structure of a DA predicate (e.g., widen) differs from that of a Result State (RS) predicate (e.g., open). Traditionally, again-ambiguities have been used to argue that certain predicates are decomposable into BECOME and a small-clause; by examining the entailments (or lack thereof) between readings of ambiguous sentences containing DA and RS predicates, it is shown that a BECOME-again analysis is possible only for sentences containing RS predicates. A different type of scopal account is then proposed for DA predicates, in which the amibiguity is explained by the scopal possibilities of again with respect to a complex degree phrase.

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Proceedings of the 28th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Mary Byram Washburn, Katherine McKinney-Bock, Erika Varis, Ann Sawyer, and Barbara Tomaszewicz
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