On syntactic diagnostics as tests for telicity in ancient Indo-European languages. Evidence from Vedic and Greek

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The aim of this paper is to assay the reliability of completive and durative adverbials as linguistic tests for telicity in a historical perspective. Until now such tests have been applied only to contemporary languages, which provide both written and spoken corpora. However, if the compatibility with for/in-adverbials is a reliable test, it should function not only crosslinguistically, but also with ancient and reconstructed languages. I will use digital corpora of Vedic Sanskrit and Homeric Greek texts to explore the compatibility of temporal expressions with a selected sample of verbs that derive from a previous Indo-European common stage.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)39-63
Numero di pagine25
RivistaIncontri Linguistici
Volume40
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2017

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diagnostic
language
evidence
linguistics
Diagnostics
Vedic
Syntax
Indo-European Languages
Telicity
Language
Adverbials
Compatibility
Spoken Corpora
Historical Perspective
Verbs
Vedic Sanskrit

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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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