[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.
> 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.  

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

Dave Washburn
"Well, if I'd wanted a safe life, I guess I wouldn't have 
married a man who studies rocks." - Betty Armstrong (Fay Masterson)

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