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Aspectual approach to causative-resultative denominal verbs

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Abstract

This paper has as its aim to verify the hypothesis according to which a verbal semantic class might correspond to a homogeneous aspectual characterization, since it could be thought that all the lexical items which share semantic features within the same class should be given the same aspectual definition. With that aim in mind, and after considering the whole set of causative denominal verbs in Spanish, our choice was to focus on the subset of causative-resultative denominal verbs where in turn it is possible to distinguish two semantic subtypes. Working on the basis of a corpus and the application of grammatical tests, the present study proves that the aspectual characterization of these verbs is not homogeneous; instead, a certain degree of variation exists within the semantic category.

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