Psychological verbs and their arguments

Daria Serés, M.Teresa Espinal*

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In this paper it is argued that objects of subject experiencer psychological verbs do not have kind reference, but rather refer to individual object entities: specific individuals, generic plurals, and even entity correlates of a property. We argue that objects of transitive subject experiencer psychological verbs must refer to atoms or sums of atoms, because they presuppose the existence of the Target-of-Emotion. Focusing mainly on data from various Romance languages and Russian, we also argue that the Target-of-emotion of psychological verbs such as odiar ‘hate’ cannot refer to a kind entity, conceived as an abstract individual or an abstract sortal concept, but instead can refer to a maximal sum of individual entities, instantiated through a generic plural.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-44
Number of pages18
JournalBorealis. An International Journal of Hispanic Linguistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2018


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