The Parameter of Aspect

The Parameter of Aspect

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During the period I have been working on this project I have received institutional support of several kinds, for which I am most grateful. I thank the Institute for Advanced Study at Stanford University, and the Spencer Foundation, for a stimulating environment in which the basic idea of this book was developed. The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics at Nijmegen enabled me to spend several months working on the the manuscript. ANational Science Foundation grant to develop Discourse Representation theory, and a grant from The University Research Institute of the University of Texas, allowed me time to pursue this project. I also thank the Center for Cognitive Science at the University of Texas for research support. I thank Helen Aristar-Dry for reading early drafts of the manuscript, OEsten Dahl for penetrating remarks on a preliminary version, and my collaborator Gilbert Rappaport for relentIess comments and questions throughout. The individuals with whom I have worked on particular languages are mentioned in the relevant chapters. I owe a particular debt of gratitude to the members of my graduate seminar on aspect in the spring of 1990: they raised many questions of importance which made a real difference to the working out of the theory. I have benefitted from presenting parts of this material publicly, including cOlloquia at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at San Diego, the University of Pennsylvania, Rice University, the University of Texas, and the University of Tel Aviv.
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  • Hardback | 470 pages
  • 159.5 x 243.3 x 31.8mm | 866.38g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1991 ed.
  • XX, 470 p.
  • 0792311361
  • 9780792311362

Table of contents

I.- 1 - The Approach.- 2 - Situation Aspect.- 3 - The Linguistic Realization of the Situation Types.- 4 - Viewpoint Aspect.- 5 - Temporal Location.- 6 - The Formal Analysis of Aspect.- 7 - Aspectual Meaning in Discourse Representation Theory.- II.- 8 - The Aspectual System of English.- 9 - The Aspectual System of French.- 10 - The Aspectual System of Russian.- 11 - The Aspectual System of Mandarin Chinese.- 12 - The Aspectual System of Navajo.- References.- General Index.- Name Index.
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From the reviews: "By her systematic analysis of the two-component theory and her strict commitment to its principles, Smith allows the reader to appreciate the accuracy of the general analysis and evaluate its applicability to individual languages. The book is well organized and easy to followa ]In conclusion, this work is an important contribution to the study of aspect. The first edition of the book became one of the basic works on aspect, cited by many and used as a textbook by some. I believe this edition will gain the same respect." (Galia Hatav, Pragmatics and Cognition, 2000)
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