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Pluractional verbs that grammaticise number through the part-of relation

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Abstract

This paper pursues an analysis of verbs like Italian <i>mordicchiare</i> (nibble) as event-internal pluractional verbs that denote composite single events where the predicate is distributed on the fragments of one entity, and grammaticise a local form of number through the part-of relation. This opens the possibility of reading number marking in aspectual terms, whereby fragmenting is a form of modification that perturbs the mapping between event and object.

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