Fulfillment Types in Realization Events: Definition, Distinctions, and Diagnostics

Xinyan Kou*, Jill Hohenstein

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The concept 'fulfillment type' (how likely a verb can lead to goal achievement) is a verb property formulated in the Realization domain in the Talmyan event conflation theory. Despite a detailed classification consisting of intrinsic-/moot-/implied-/attained-fulfillment, the nature of this concept is not yet fully explored, and the identification of verbs' fulfillment types in the literature is largely based on intuition. Therefore in this article, we (a) define the fulfillment types with reference to event structure, (b) further delineate the distinctions between the four fulfillment types in terms of the verb's capacity to encode, 'activate', and entail the framing event, and (c) devise a series of cross-linguistically applicable diagnostics for fulfillment type identification.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103204
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


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