[b-hebrew] VERBS

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Wed Jul 27 14:12:41 EDT 2005


On Wednesday 27 July 2005 11:17, Rolf Furuli wrote:
> Dear Joel,
>
> See my comments below.
[snip]
>
> For example, the word BN) (build) is marked for durativity and dynamicity,
> but not for telicity. However, if we add an object, we can get a telic verb
> phrase, as in "build a house". Please look at the clause below.
>
> "Last Year Al started to build a house, but he never finished it."
>
> It is clear that the end was not reached, but does that mean that the
> telicity of "started to build a house" is blotted out?  Not at all.  
[snip]

Actually, this example says nothing about the question of telicity in "build," 
because the main verb of the clause is "start."

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Dave Washburn
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