Verb Classes and Aspect

21 Mar



Verb Classes and Aspect

Eds.: Barrajón López, Elisa; Cifuentes Honrubia, José Luis; Rodríguez Rosique, Susana

Philadelphia: John Benjamins (Colección: Ivitra Research in Linguistics and Literature)



This volume offers a variety of perspectives on two of the main topics situated at the crossroads between lexical semantics and syntax, namely: (a) aspect and its correspondence with syntactic structure; and (b) the delimitation of syntactic structures from verb classes. Almost from Aristotle’s Metaphysics, it has been assumed that verbs invoke a mental image about the way in which eventualities are distributed over time. When it comes to determining time schemata, the lexical class to which the verb belongs represents a first step. Speaking about verb classes does not exclusively mean a semantic similarity; rather, verb classes exhibit a bundle of common features and thus show a set of recursive behavior patterns. Beyond the meaning of the verb, both semantic and syntactic factors, together with pragmatic ones, play a decisive role when establishing the aspectual classification of an eventuality. The contributions collected in this book approach the aforementioned lines, either analyzing the relationships between aspect and syntactic structure or traversing the path from a verb class to its syntactic manifestation. Some of them stress diachronic filiations, while others include processes of word formation in the debate; some of them focus on certain classes, such as movement verbs or psychological verbs, while others examine specific constructions. A number of chapters also discuss relevant theoretical issues concerning the analysis of aspect. In sum, the kaleidoscopic view provided by this book allows the reader to delve deeper into one of the most controversial – as well as exciting – topics within current linguistics.








List of contributors

Chapter 1

The conceptualization of change of state in verbs coming from gentilicios [Names given to people born or living in a particular place]

Elisa Barrajón López


Chapter 2

Event structure and lexical semantics in a scalar approach to actionality

Olga Batiukova


Chapter 3

Lexical synonymy and argumental structure: Similarities and divergences in the syntactic-semantic schemes of two cognitive Spanish verbs: recordar and acordar(se)

Celia Berná Sicilia


Chapter 4

Inner and outer prepositions with Spanish verbs of vertical movement

Ignacio Bosque


Chapter 5

Argumental comitative and reciprocity in Spanish

José Antonio Candalija Reina


Chapter 6

Causativity and psychological verbs in Spanish

José Luis Cifuentes Honrubia


Chapter 7

Lexical agreement processes: On the construction of verbal aspect

Elena de Miguel Aparicio


Chapter 8

Variable aspectual coercion in Spanish fictive motion expressions

Nicole Delbecque


Chapter 9

Agent control over non-culminating events

Hamida Demirdache and Fabienne Martin


Chapter 10

The pseudo-copulative verbs verse and sentirse: Diachronic and conceptual aspects

Jorge Fernández Jaén


Chapter 11

On events that express properties

María Jesús Fernández Leborans and Cristina Sánchez López


Chapter 12

Some reflections on verbs with clitic increase: Verbs of motion

Luis García Fernández


Chapter 13

Transitivity and verb classes

José María García-Miguel


Chapter 14

Romance object-experiencer verbs: From aktionsart to activity hierarchy

Rolf Kailuweit


Chapter 15

Aspectual approach to causative-resultative denominal verbs

Ruth-María Lavale-Ortiz


Chapter 16

Denominal parasynthesis and inchoativity from both a lexico-semantic and an aspectual point of view

Nuria Merchán Aravid


Chapter 17

Diachronic prototypicity and stativity in Spanish physical affection verbs Herminia

Provencio Garrigós


Chapter 18 Negative imperatives with Spanish copulas ser and estar

Susana Rodríguez Rosique







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