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This paper proposes an analysis of telicity in motion predicates within the framework of the Exo-Skeletal Model ( ). We hypothesize that a motion event is syntactically represented by a Path component, the core of which is a P that introduces a Figure argument. This Path component is interpreted as quantity in the sense of when there is a certain type of morpheme present in the structure, such as a verb that denotes the reaching of an endpoint. A quantity Path component can then assign a semantic value to a functional projection called AspP, which returns a telic interpretation. Data from Mandarin, Ghanaian Student Pidgin, and Southern Tati show AspP can be assigned a value either with or without overt head movement. We further propose a distinction between Path and direction, which explains data that were left unexplained in previous studies and seemingly contradict our claim.

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Keywords: Tati ; motion predicates ; motion events ; telicity ; cross-linguistic ; Ghanaian Student Pidgin ; Mandarin
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