Vendlerian Verb Classes
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Vendler (1957, 1967) proposes that verb meanings can be classified into four basic classes, known as Vendler's or Vendlerian verb classes, depending on whether they are dynamic or not and whether they are telic or not: (1) 'states', denoting static, non-dynamic, durative situations, e.g., 'know', 'hate'; (2) 'activities', which denote dynamic, durative situations without an endpoint, e.g., 'run, drive'; (3) 'accomplishments', which denote dynamic, durative situations with an endpoint, e.g., 'bui…

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Bianca BASCIANO, “Vendlerian Verb Classes”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 24 April 2017 <>
First published online: 2015

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