Wanting, having, and getting: A note on Fodor and Lepore 1998

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

23 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This article takes up Fodor and Lepore's (1998) account of the meaning of [want DP] structures, according to which the verb to have is introduced at interpretation. With certain DP complements a want to have DP paraphrase of want DP is ill formed; the correct paraphrase uses get or give. To allow for this, F&L would have to vary the introduced verb depending on the meaning of the DP, but this would make their proposal "co-compositional," defeating its original purpose. If have, get, and give all contain the abstract preposition P HAVE (Harley 1995, Richards 2001), however, F&L's treatment may be appropriately revised: the element introduced by want is not have but P HAVE. F&L can avoid co-compositionality at the price of allowing lexical decomposition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-267
Number of pages13
JournalLinguistic Inquiry
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2004

Fingerprint

interpretation
Verbs
Paraphrase
Decomposition
Compositionality
Prepositions

Keywords

  • Atomism
  • Compositionality
  • Have
  • Idiom
  • Lexical decomposition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language

Cite this

Wanting, having, and getting : A note on Fodor and Lepore 1998. / Harley, Heidi B.

In: Linguistic Inquiry, Vol. 35, No. 2, 03.2004, p. 255-267.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{f26c03f71fa34230b0b9fa24363d9d5d,
title = "Wanting, having, and getting: A note on Fodor and Lepore 1998",
abstract = "This article takes up Fodor and Lepore's (1998) account of the meaning of [want DP] structures, according to which the verb to have is introduced at interpretation. With certain DP complements a want to have DP paraphrase of want DP is ill formed; the correct paraphrase uses get or give. To allow for this, F&L would have to vary the introduced verb depending on the meaning of the DP, but this would make their proposal {"}co-compositional,{"} defeating its original purpose. If have, get, and give all contain the abstract preposition P HAVE (Harley 1995, Richards 2001), however, F&L's treatment may be appropriately revised: the element introduced by want is not have but P HAVE. F&L can avoid co-compositionality at the price of allowing lexical decomposition.",
keywords = "Atomism, Compositionality, Have, Idiom, Lexical decomposition",
author = "Harley, {Heidi B}",
year = "2004",
month = "3",
doi = "10.1162/002438904323019066",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "35",
pages = "255--267",
journal = "Linguistic Inquiry",
issn = "0024-3892",
publisher = "MIT Press Journals",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Wanting, having, and getting

T2 - A note on Fodor and Lepore 1998

AU - Harley, Heidi B

PY - 2004/3

Y1 - 2004/3

N2 - This article takes up Fodor and Lepore's (1998) account of the meaning of [want DP] structures, according to which the verb to have is introduced at interpretation. With certain DP complements a want to have DP paraphrase of want DP is ill formed; the correct paraphrase uses get or give. To allow for this, F&L would have to vary the introduced verb depending on the meaning of the DP, but this would make their proposal "co-compositional," defeating its original purpose. If have, get, and give all contain the abstract preposition P HAVE (Harley 1995, Richards 2001), however, F&L's treatment may be appropriately revised: the element introduced by want is not have but P HAVE. F&L can avoid co-compositionality at the price of allowing lexical decomposition.

AB - This article takes up Fodor and Lepore's (1998) account of the meaning of [want DP] structures, according to which the verb to have is introduced at interpretation. With certain DP complements a want to have DP paraphrase of want DP is ill formed; the correct paraphrase uses get or give. To allow for this, F&L would have to vary the introduced verb depending on the meaning of the DP, but this would make their proposal "co-compositional," defeating its original purpose. If have, get, and give all contain the abstract preposition P HAVE (Harley 1995, Richards 2001), however, F&L's treatment may be appropriately revised: the element introduced by want is not have but P HAVE. F&L can avoid co-compositionality at the price of allowing lexical decomposition.

KW - Atomism

KW - Compositionality

KW - Have

KW - Idiom

KW - Lexical decomposition

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=23844438986&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=23844438986&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1162/002438904323019066

DO - 10.1162/002438904323019066

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:23844438986

VL - 35

SP - 255

EP - 267

JO - Linguistic Inquiry

JF - Linguistic Inquiry

SN - 0024-3892

IS - 2

ER -