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date: 28 June 2022

Verbal Plurality in the Romance Languageslocked

Verbal Plurality in the Romance Languageslocked

  • Patricia Cabredo HofherrPatricia Cabredo HofherrCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Summary

Verbal plurality is commonly defined as a morphological means of marking event plurality on verbs. However, the definition of verbal plurality in terms of discrete event plurality hides a number of complexities. Firstly, many verbal markers that may mark discrete event multiplicities do not intrinsically mark discrete events, as they also allow durative, intensive, and attenuative readings. This suggests that discrete event multiplicity may emerge from quantity expressions that do not themselves impose discreteness. Secondly, markers of discrete event multiplicities fall into different classes. Additive markers in particular have to be treated as a separate type of event plurality, as they include presupposed and asserted events in the event plurality.

Subjects

  • Language Families/Areas/Contact
  • Morphology
  • Semantics
  • Syntax

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