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The discussion here focuses on Ramchand (2003), although the arguments extend to Folli (2000) and Folli & Ramchand (2001) as well, for the same basic structure of Ramchand (2003) is found there. Note also that Ramchand (1998) is a precursor to Ramchand (2003). In Ramchand (1998), there are three syntactically relevant positions corresponding to distinct aspectual roles: an external aspectual role mapping to the subject and denoting the initiator; an internal aspec­ tual role mapping to the complement of the verb and denoting the “affected” argument; and a non-aspectual role mapping to the complement of a preposition in ditransitive structures and playing no aspectual role.

Achievements, accomplishment, activities, and statives). As noted by Tenny (1987: 23) and Alsina (1999: 83), it elicits different interpretations of a predicate depending on whether the predicate is telic or atelic. With atelic predicates there is a single event interpretation. With telic predicates, in contrast, there is a multiple (iterative) events interpretation. We will see that the incompatibility of the durative with some telic predicates arises in part because of this iterative interpretation and in part because of the type of action expressed by the verb itself.

Note that only an iterative interpretation is elicited by the durative phrase, indi­ cating that the predicate is telic. 31 (31) a. John stopped shelving the book. b. The sheriff stopped jailing the thief. The verbs heading these predicates fall within the class of location/locatum verbs that Harley accounts for with the structures in (26). However, given that the root that incorporates in the proposed structure for these predicates is not an Eventnaming root, it is not immediately obvious how the punctual nature of achieve­ ments can be derived in this system.

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