The Parameter of Aspect

The Parameter of Aspect

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This work presents a unified theory of aspect within Universal Grammar. It provides an unusual combination of syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic approaches to a single domain, and gives detailed linguistic analyses of five languages with very different aspectual systems: English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Navajo and Russian. This second edition has been completely revised to include further development of the two-component theory, including new treatments of boundedness, dynamism and a general account of aspectual shifts. It includes syntactic and semantic tests.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 353 pages
  • 160 x 238 x 20mm | 580.61g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd ed. 1997
  • XIX, 353 p.
  • 0792346599
  • 9780792346593
  • 1,454,782

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. Part 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. Part II: Introduction to Part II. 8. The Aspectual System of English. 9. The Aspectual System of French. 10. The Aspectual System of Russian; with G. Rappaport. 11. The Aspectual System of Mandarin Chinese. 12. The Aspectual System of Navajo. References. General Index. Name Index.
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"The book is well organized and easy to follow. 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."
(Pragmatics & Cognition, 8:2 (2000)
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