Perspectives on Aspect

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Henk J. Verkuyl, Henriette De Swart, Angeliek Van Hout
Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 17, 2005 - Foreign Language Study - 267 pages
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The aim of this book is two-fold: to offer a retrospective view on the past thirty years of research on aspectuality and temporality as well as to develop new perspectives on the future development of the field. Articles contain overviews of the development of the field and/or present the state of the art of current research, suggesting new and upcoming lines of research. An important theme throughout the book is typological variation, and the relevance of empirical data for theory formation.

Together the articles in the book take a wide crosslinguistic scope including aspectual analyses of English, and two varieties of English: African American English and Colloquial Singapore English, Italian, French, Bulgarian, Czech, Mandarin Chinese, West-Greenlandic, Wakashan languages, and Nakh-Daghestanian languages.

Audience: Scholars and students of aspectuality in semantics and at the syntax-semantics interface.

  

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Contents

Introducing perspectives on aspect
1
Surveying the ingredients
19
Quantized direct objects dont delimit after all
41
Quantification and aspect
61
Prepositions and results in Italian and English An analysis from event decomposition
81
Atelicity pluractionality and adverbial quantification
107
On accumulating and having it all Perfectivity prefixes and bare arguments
125
Adverbs of completion in an event semantics
149
Eventualities grammar and language diversity
167
discerning the path of diachronic development
181
Perfective aspect and accomplishment situations in Mandarin Chinese
199
The past perfective and present perfect in AfricanAmerican English
217
Tense and aspectual be in child African American English
233
Aspectual expressions in two varieties of English
251
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