The interaction of English particles, Bulgarian prefixes, and telicity
ForfatterVitkova Vitkova, Polya
The present work is a comparative analysis of English particles, Bulgarian prefixes, and the telicity effects they induce. Three classes of verbs are investigated: creation-consumption verbs, degree achievements/accomplishments, and the special "eat-drink" class. The results show that in Bulgarian, prefixes induce telicity regardless of the nature of the verbal object, whereas in English telicity is built compositionally. More specifically, English predicates telicity depends on the type of the verb, the presence/absence of a particle, as well as the nature of the object and its quantization properties. On the other hand, the "eat/drink" class turns out to have similar characteristics both in English and Bulgarian in that those verbs require quantization of the object in both languages. Thus, I show crucial differences as well as similarities in the telicity effects induced by English particles and Bulgarian prefixes.
ForlagUniversitetet i Tromsø
University of Tromsø
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