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Title: THE BRIDGING EFFECTS OF VERBS OF CREATION: AN EXPERIMENTAL LOOK
Authors: LIM MEGHAN LEILANI AI-LIN
Keywords: NP extraction, bridging, verbs of creation, definiteness effects, single event condition, islands
Issue Date: 2-Aug-2022
Citation: LIM MEGHAN LEILANI AI-LIN (2022-08-02). THE BRIDGING EFFECTS OF VERBS OF CREATION: AN EXPERIMENTAL LOOK. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis investigates the well observed bridging effects that verbs of creation (VOC) have when heading a definite noun phrase (NP). While extraction is allowed from an indefinite NP, it is barred from a definite NP though the island effect can be alleviated when the definite NP is headed by a VOC. Erteschik-Shir (1981) and Davies and Dubinsky (2003) offer a discourse based and syntax-semantics based account for the bridging effects of the VOC respectively. Four acceptability judgement experiments were run to evaluate the claims in both theories and I ultimately suggest that both are insufficient in accounting for the results of the experiments. Instead, I propose a novel event-semantics account that builds off Truswell’s (2011) Single Event Condition to account for the observed data. A correlational experiment is conducted to support this proposal.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/233960
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