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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Zhao, Xinzheng
Author's Email Address xzhao7@tigers.lsu.edu
URN etd-06092010-183224
Title A Study of the Aspectual Complements of 'Begin' and 'Start'
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Linguistics (Interdepartmental Program)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hegarty, Michael Committee Chair
Brody, J Mary Committee Member
Oliver, Elisabeth Committee Member
  • aspect
  • aspectualizer
  • aspectual complements
  • event
Date of Defense 2010-05-10
Availability unrestricted

The main purpose of this thesis is to study the aspectual complements of the aspectualizers begin and start. Aspectualizers are verbs that give aspectual readings to the sentence. I started with a summary of Freedís (1978) analysis. In this summary, semantic differences among seven aspectualizers that take to V and V-ing complements were explained. The semantic distinction between to V and V-ing was also discussed. Following the summary, a brief research on aspectual complements was conducted. Based on Freedís analysis, I first examined the difference in meaning and in frequency of occurrence between the to V and the V-ing complement of the two aspectualizers. My research revealed some interesting problems that Freed failed to address. These problems blur the difference between the to V and the V-ing complement of begin and start that Freed claims. Through the research, however, I failed to pinpoint the significant difference, too. More research on this issue should be done in the future.

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