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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
Keywords
  • aspect
  • aspectualizer
  • aspectual complements
  • event
Date of Defense 2010-05-10
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Abstract

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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