Aspect: Theoretical and Cross-linguistic Perspectives.

Oxford: Oxford University Press.  (accepted for publication)
















Aspect, Eventuality Types and Nominal Reference.  

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group (Garland): New York.




This book examines the interplay between the semantics of noun phrases and verbal predicates in the aspectual composition of sentences, with an emphasis on data drawn from English and Czech, and with comparisons to German and Finnish.  Three main theses are defended.  The first is that grammatical aspect and eventuality types (state, event and process) require a separate level of description, but they are related in so far as some of their semantic properties can be modelled in terms of the mereological ‘part-of’ relation (here, as a complete join semilattice), which is what accounts for their systematic interactions.  A second thesis is that the thematic structure of verbs motivates the seemingly disparate ways in which the interactions between verbal predicates and nominal arguments are manifested in aspectual composition.  Third, we can provide a unified analysis for such interactions within a constraint-based (or unification-based) approach to natural language description.














Papers and Book Chapters


       To appear. “Aspectual Class and Aktionsart.” Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, edited by Klaus von Heusinger, Claudia Maienborn and Paul Portner. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter.  29 pages.


       “Events and Maximalization.” Susan Rothstein (editor). Theoretical and Crosslinguistic Approaches to the Semantics of Aspect. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Pp.217-256.


       “(Tense), aspect, mood and modality - an imperfect 2008 state of the art report (with Johan van der Auwera).”  Unity and Diversity of Languages, edited by Piet van Sterkenburg. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Pp. 201-214.


       “Telicity as a Semantic Parameter” (with Susan Rothstein). Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL 14). The Princeton University Meeting, edited by James Lavine, Steven Franks, Hana Filip and Mila Tasseva-Kurktchieva. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Slavic Publications. Pp.139-156.

       “The Telicity Parameter Revisited.” Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) XIV.  Ithaca: CLC Publications, Department of Linguistics, Cornell University.

       “Measures and Indefinites.”  Reference and Quantification: The Partee Effect. Festschrift for Barbara Hall Partee, edited by Gregory N. Carlson and Francis Jeffry Pelletier. CSLI: Stanford, CA. Pp.229-288.

       “On Accumulating and Having it All: Perfectivity, Prefixes and Bare Arguments.” Perspectives on Aspect, edited by Henk Verkuyl, Henriette de Swart and Angeliek van Hout. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers Group. Pp. 125-148.


       “Prefixes and the Delimitation of Events.” Journal of Slavic Linguistics, Volume 11.1, a special issue edited by Wayles Browne and Barbara Partee. Pp.55-101.


       “Reduced Relatives Judged Hard Require Constraint-Based Analyses” (with Michael K. Tanenhaus, Gregory N. Carlson, Paul D. Allopenna and Joshua Blatt).  Lexical Representations in Sentence Processing, edited by Susanne Stevenson and Paola Merlo. John Benjamins: Computational Psycholinguistics Series. Pp.255-279.


       “The Semantics of Case in Russian Secondary Predication.” Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) XI, edited by Rachel Hastings, Brendan Jackson and Zsofia Zvolenszky. Ithaca: CLC Publications, Department of Linguistics, Cornell University. Pp. 192-211.

       “Distributivity Strengthens Reciprocity and Collectivity Weakens It.” (With Gregory N. Carlson) Linguistics and Philosophy 24: 417-466.

       “Circumscribing Referential Domains in Real Time Language Comprehension: Size Matters Only When You Have to Do It” (with Craig Chambers, Michael K. Tanenhaus, Kathleen M. Eberhard and Gregory N. Carlson). Journal of Memory and Language 47: 30-49.


       “Nominal and Verbal Semantic Structure: Analogies and Interactions.” Language Sciences, Volume 23, a special issue edited by Nikolas Gisborne. Elsevier Science, Ltd. Pp. 453-501.

       “The Quantization Puzzle.” Events as grammatical objects, from the combined perspectives of lexical semantics, logical semantics and syntax, edited by Carol Tenny and James Pustejovsky. Stanford: CSLI Press. Pp.3-60.


       “Integrating Telicity, Aspect and NP Semantics: The Role of Thematic Structure.” Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics, Volume III. The College Park Meeting 1994, edited by Jindrich Toman. Ann Arbor Michigan Slavic Publications. Pp.61-96..


       “Psychological Verbs and the Syntax-Semantics Interface.” Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language, edited by Adele E. Goldberg. Stanford: Center for the Study of Language and Information. Pp.131-147.


       “Boundedness in Temporal and Spatial Domains.” Cognitive Linguistics in the Redwoods, edited by Eugene H. Casad and Dirk Geeraerts. Berlin: Mouton-De Gruyter. Pp.655-692.


       “Quantificational Morphology.” Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics, Volume II. The MIT Meeting 1993, edited by Sergey Avrutin, Steven Franks and Ljiljana Progovac. Ann Arbor Michigan Slavic Publications. Pp.144-177.


       “Aspect and the Semantics of Noun Phrases.” Tense and Aspect in Discourse, edited by Co Vet and Carl Vetters. Berlin & New York: Mouton De Gruyter. Pp. 227-255.


       “Aspectual Properties of the AN-Construction in German.” Tempus - Aspekt - Modus. Die lexikalischen und grammatischen Formen in den germanischen Sprachen (‘Tense - Aspect - Mood. Lexical and Grammatical Forms in the Germanic Languages’). Linguistische Arbeiten, Band 237, edited by Werner Abraham and Theo Janssen.  Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag. Pp.259-292.


Conference Papers



      “On Accumulating and Having it All.” Proceedings of the Conference on Perspectives on Aspect, ed. by Henk Verkuyl, Angeliek van Hout and Henriette de Swart. Utrecht University.  The Netherlands. 


      “Words and Worlds: The Construction of Context for Definite Reference.” Craig Chambers, Michael K. Tanenhaus, Kathleen M. Eberhard, Gregory N. Carlson and Hana Filip. Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, ed. by M. A. Gernsbacher and S. J. Derry.  Mahwah, N.J.: Erlbaum. Pp.220-225.


      “Reduced Relatives: Lexical Constraint-Based Analysis.” Proceedings of the Twenty-Fourth Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistic Society edited by Bergen K. Benjamin, Madelaine Plauché and Ashlee C. Bailey. Berkeley: University of California at Berkeley. Pp.57-68.


      “Sui Generis Genericity” (with Gregory N. Carlson). Penn Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 4. Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania. Pp.91-110.


      “Quantification, Aspect and Lexicon.” Proceedings of the ESSLLI '96 Conference on Formal Grammar, edited by Geert-Jan M. Kruijff, Glynn Morrill, and Dick Oehrle. Prague: Charles University.  Pp.43-56.


      “On Genericity: A Case Study in Czech.” Proceedings of the Nineteenth Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistic Society, edited by Joshua Guenther and Barbara Kaiser. Berkeley: University of California at Berkeley. Pp.125-142.


      “Aspect and the Semantics of Quantity of Verbal and Nominal Expressions.” ESCOL '92: Proceedings of the Ninth Eastern States Conference on Linguistics, edited by Michael Bernstein. Ithaca: Cornell University. Pp.80-91.


      “Verbal Aspect and Object Case Marking: A Comparison between Czech and Finnish.oceedings of the Twenty-Second Western Conference on Linguistics, Vol. 5, edited by Joel Ashmore Nevis and Vida Samiian. Fresno: California State University. Pp.43-59.


      “Aspect and Interpretation of Nominal Arguments.” Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, edited by Costas P. Canakis, Grace P. Chan and Jeanette Marshall Denton. Chicago: The University of Chicago. Pp. 139-158.


      “Thematic Roles and Aktionsart.” Proceedings of the Twentieth Western Conference on Linguistics, Vol. 3, edited by Barbara Birch, Katharine Hunt and Vida Samiian. Fresno: California State University. Pp. 88-99.


      “The ‘Missing Subjects’ in German.” Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, edited by Kira Hall, Michael Meacham and Richard Shapiro. Berkeley: University of California at Berkeley. Pp. 63-78.





      “Comments on John Searle: ‘Meaning, Communication, and Representation.’” By Jürgen Habermas. Translated from German into English. John Searle and his Critics, ed. by Ernest Lepore and Robert Van Gulick, Cambridge, Mass. and Oxford, London: Basil Blackwell. Pp.17-30.


      “Das Haus ohne Dichter.” By Natalja Rubinstein. Translated from Russian into German. Neue Rundschau, 93. Jahrgang.  Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer Verlag. Pp.116-136.






      Cognitive space and linguistic case: Semantic and syntactic categories in English by Izchak M. Schlesinger. Cambridge University Press. 1995. Journal of Linguistics 33:625-631.


      Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics. The Ann Arbor Meeting, edited by Jindrich Toman. The Slavic and East European Journal.


      A review of Varieties of Czech: Studies in Czech Sociolinguistics edited by Eva Eckert. The Slavic and East European Journal 39: 150-152.