I am grateful to Ash Asudeh for many insightful comments on various versions of this paper. I also want to thank Ray Jackendoff, Kate Kearns, Beth Levin, Andrew McIntyre, Chris Potts, Jeff Runner, and the anonymous reviewers for helpful comments, criticism and discussion. The audiences at Canterbury University and LSA05 also provided many useful remarks. All remaining shortcomings are the responsibility of the author.
On continuative on*
Version of Record online: 28 JUN 2006
Volume 60, Issue 2, pages 181–219, August 2006
How to Cite
Toivonen, I. (2006), On continuative on. Studia Linguistica, 60: 181–219. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9582.2006.00137.x
- Issue online: 28 JUN 2006
- Version of Record online: 28 JUN 2006
- Received September 17, 2004 Accepted September 22, 2005
Abstract. This paper examines the verbal particle on in its use as a marker of continuation. Continuative on is only compatible with verbs of the situation type activity, and on also places restrictions on the overt realizations of verbal arguments. These characteristics follow from an analysis of on as a secondary predicate whose aspect features must unify with the aspect features of the verb.