(Un)boundedness Effects of the Nominal Root in Noun-Incorporating Verbs: Insight from Romanian

in Towards a Theory of Denominals
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Abstract

In Chapter 2, on the basis of a personal corpus of Romanian denominals, I tested Harley’s (2005) hypothesis that there is a correlation between the (un)boundedness of the nominal root and the (a)telicity of the corresponding denominal. The results of this investigation show that Harley’s (2005) correlation fails to account for a considerable number of verbs, and that incorporating mass nouns does not seem to have a clear atelic effect. This suggests that one should look for a different explanation of telicity, possibly lying in the role played by s-syntax (the elements the verbs combine with in the sentence) or the predicates occurring in the internal structure of a denominal, apart from the nominal root (e.g. CAUSE, as causes usually have results).