Derived aspect and event structure in North Sámi

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The project aims at exploring verbal derivations in North Sámi related to aspect. Since the components of semantically complex events are visible in North Sámi to a much greater extent than in most languages, this language is an ideal testing ground for models dealing with event structure and related properties of verbs and verb phrases.

The research project “Derived aspect and event structure in North Sámi” aims at exploring verbal derivations in North Sámi related to aspect. The investigation will focus on the semantic properties of the base verbs and the derived verbs and on the syntactic frames that they appear in, with the purpose of reaching a deeper understanding of the event structures associated with the verbs. In many languages, e.g. English, there are verb forms that can represent more than one event structure. For example, some are ambiguous between a semelfactive and a durative reading (such as sneeze); others are ambiguous between a causative and an inchoative reading (such as sink). In North Sámi, there are no such ambiguities. Semantic alterations of the event structure are always reflected by changes in the morphology or syntax. Since the components of semantically complex events are visible in North Sámi to a much greater extent than in the languages that existing models of event structure are built on, and since North Sámi also has verbs that represent events with very complex structures, this language is an ideal testing ground for models dealing with the aspectual properties of verbs and verb phrases. I will examine the grammatical properties and the usage conditions of verbs containing aspectual derivations, and of the verb phrases that they appear in. This will be done by means of corpus searches supplemented by consultations with native speakers.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date2013/01/012016/12/31

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