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Aspectual Requirements of Temporal Connectives: Evidence for a Two-Level Approach to Semantics

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Aspectual Requirements of Temporal Connectives: Evidence for a Two-Level Approach to Semantics
This paper argues for a two-level theory of semantics as opposed to a one-level theory, based on the example of the system of temporal and durationM connectives. Instead of identifying the semantics of lexical items and larger constituents with conceptual structures, the two-level theory assumes that there is an intra-linguistic abstract semantic representations distinct from the extra-linguisticlevel of conceptual representations. It is argued that the two-level theory can give a more appropriate treatment of polysemy as well as a better account of the conditions under which connectives may (more or less) be felicitouslycombined with complement expressions which do not respect tileaspectual requirements of the connectives. 1 Semantic Representations and Conceptual Representations This paper addresses a specific question in the theory of natural language semantics with the example of a specific lexical domain. The question is whether one should opt for a one-level or a two-level theor...
Michael Herweg
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Type Conference
Year 1991
Where SIGLEX
Authors Michael Herweg
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