Mental action and event structure in the semantics of 'try'

Thomas Grano
2015 Semantics and Linguistic Theory  
Sharvit (2003) proposes a semantics for 'try' inspired by Landman's (1992) account of progressive aspect. This paper discusses two empirical shortcomings of Sharvit's analysis and proposes a new solution that retains Sharvit's insight that 'try' has an aspectual meaning but argues that (a) as suggested by much work in action theory, volitional events include an initial stage corresponding to a 'mental action' and (b) 'try' picks out the 'mental action' stage of an event. The proposal is
more » ... proposal is formalized by adapting Condoravdi's (2009) theory of progressive meaning.
doi:10.3765/salt.v0i0.2607 fatcat:4q7lr7ioefc7zmmzximpg7nfd4