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B. I wiped the table, but none of the fingerprints came off. c. I scrubbed the tub for hours, but it didn’t get any cleaner. Likewise, the result verbs clean and clear encode states that often (but not always) result from actions normally carried out to remove stuff from a surface or container. In a particular context, a specific action will be strongly implicated, as in (5a), but again no particular action is lexically specified, as shown by the possibility of providing various continuations explicitly specifying the action involved, as in (5b).

This type of interpretation also makes available a telic reading for achievement verbs with non-quantity arguments. Nora Boneh and Edit Doron’s (B&D) chapter analyses habituality as the output of a covert modal VP-adverb Hab which maps iterations of events to states. B&D argue that the modality involved in habituality is the same modality found in dispositionality, but not the same as the modality found in the progressive aspect; they thus argue for the dissociation of habituality from imperfectivity.

Mittwoch (1998) capitalized on this theory and developed her widely accepted analysis of cognate objects as predicates of the event argument of verbs. In the present volume, Horrocks and Stavrou adopt this view of cognate objects, and further discuss their ability to change the aspectual class of verbs in some languages but not others. The editors and authors are pleased to have produced this volume, which brings together research connected to Professor Mittwoch’s work. We are deeply indebted to Anita for her friendship and inspiration over the years and hope this volume conveys some of the impact her work has had on our own work and that of others.

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