Lexical semantics of transitivizer light verbs in Telugu

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This chapter examines the kind of meanings that are uniformly present in constructions involving a certain variety of light verbs in Telugu – transitivizer light verbs. The meanings that are inalienably constant in both the verbal and the nominal complex predicates that these light verbs form are the inceptual meanings- emphasizing inception or beginning, continuation or progression, and completion or end-point. These meanings can be directly linked, and are further evidence for the structural decomposition of the verbal domain into 3 subparts or projections (First Phase Syntax, Ramchand 2008) – <i>initP</i> (introduces causation), <i>procP</i> (specifies the process), and <i>resP</i> (gives the result state). The semantics of this structure is what I claim gives rise to the inceptual meanings.


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