Events

I demonstrate an approach to two seemingly unrelated linguistic phenomena. The first is the acquaintance inference: sentences like "that is tasty" seem to suggest that the speaker has had the relevant experience. The second is an asymmetry between future and past predications recently identified by Dilip Ninan. Because of time constraints, my focus will be entirely on spelling out the details of my preferred approach (with no discussion of alternative views). The core idea is that these phenomena should be traced down to lexical features of verbs. These features connect the use of certain predicates with specific cognitive defaults (e.g. taste predicates default to acquaintance requirements).