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Publisher: Journals Gateway
Linguistic Inquiry (2008) 39 (1): 128–147.
Published: 01 January 2008
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Thompson (2006) argues for a syntactic account of telicity in which DPs and PPs check a [bounded] feature at an AspP projection above vP to create a telic predicate. I provide evidence for an AspP projection between vP and VP and argue that AspP and everything AspP dominates defines a domain of aspectual interpretation, a syntactic space within which elements must be located in order to affect the telicity of a predicate. I provide data showing that elements above AspP cannot affect aspectual interpretation. These data pose a serious problem for Thompson's account.