Aspect in English

Aspect in English : A "Common-Sense" View of the Interplay between Verbal and Nominal Referents

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Based on an earlier edition published in 1992 in Bulgarian, this book offers a specific approach to one of the most controversial problems in linguistics. According to it, aspect is the result of a subtle and complex interplay between the referents of verbs and nouns in the sentence. This volume is of interest to researchers of aspect and related problems, theoretical and applied linguists, psycholinguists, philosophers of language, graduate students of general linguistics, English (Germanic), and Bulgarian (Slavic).
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 154.9 x 236.2 x 27.9mm | 657.72g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 2000 ed.
  • XXII, 352 p.
  • 0792365380
  • 9780792365389

Table of contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. On the essence of aspect. 2. Vendler's classification of situations, and the problem of its interpretation. 3. Verkuyl's theory of compositional aspect. 4. The article and the related markers of quantity in the expression of aspect in English. 5. Extension in time of subjects and objects from a `common-sense' point of view. 6. The mechanism for mapping the temporal values of subjects and objects. 7. The interdependence between markers of boundedness in verbs and in nouns. 8. The Progressive in English. 9. Lexical meanings of verbs, and aspect in English. 10. Meanings of nouns and noun phrases, and aspect in English. 11. The impact of adverbials in the sentence and aspect in English. 12. On negativity and the explication of perfectivity. 13. On aspectual classes in English. 14. On `knowledge of the world' in the explication of aspect in English. Conclusion. Appendix. References. Index of terms. Index of authors.
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