Complement coercion and aspectual adjectives in Canadian English

Patrick Murphy

Abstract


This paper presents an eye-tracking study of the Canadian English be done NP construction (e.g., "I’m done/finished my homework" to mean "I’ve finished my homework"). Results suggest a processing penalty for entity-denoting nouns like the script (compared to event description nouns like the audition) in this construction, which supports Fruehwald and Myler’s (2015) proposal that these aspectual adjectives behave like aspectual verbs (begin, finish, etc.) in requiring complement coercion and type-shifting for entity-denoting nouns.


Keywords


Canadian English, eye-tracking

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