Genericity in Event Semantics: A Look at Yoruba Generic Sentences

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Show simple item record Adebayo, Taofeeq 2018-07-17T11:43:45Z 2018-07-17T11:43:45Z 2018-07-16
dc.identifier.other 507718496 de_DE
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dc.description.abstract I propose a theory of genericity that is grounded in neo-Davidsonian event semantics (Parsons 1990, 2000; Higginbotham, 2000; etc.). I distinguish broadly between three types of individual: kind individuals, generic individuals and concrete individuals. A distinction is made between particular events and generic events on the one hand; and between kind-level states, individual-level states, stage-level states and generic states on the other hand. I propose that only generic individuals require the presence of the Gen operator and that kind and concrete individuals are existentially closed with the logical form of kind individual involving a type- shifting operation. Also, I propose that generic events and generic states contain the generic predicate ‘gen (e)’ which turns concrete eventualities into generic ones and that the other types of eventuality also have their respective predicates that distinguish them from one another. When this framework is applied to genericity in Yoruba, it is shown first that Kimian states (Maienborn, 2007) in Yoruba have an E-position that the generic predicate (the imperfective) [máa-ń] targets (contrary to expectation), and second that in some constructions [máa-ń] is best treated as an overt realization of the operator Gen. en
dc.language.iso en de_DE
dc.publisher Universität Tübingen de_DE
dc.rights ubt-podok de_DE
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dc.subject.classification Linguistik , Semantik , Feldforschung , Niger-Kongo-Sprachen de_DE
dc.subject.ddc 400 de_DE
dc.subject.other Linguistics en
dc.subject.other Semantics en
dc.subject.other Fieldwork en
dc.subject.other Niger-Congo Languages en
dc.subject.other Yoruba en
dc.title Genericity in Event Semantics: A Look at Yoruba Generic Sentences en
dc.type ConferencePaper de_DE
utue.publikation.fakultaet 9 Sonstige / Externe de_DE
utue.opus.portal triplea4 de_DE


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