Anatomy of the Verb: The Gothic Verb as a Model for a Unified Theory of Aspect, Actional Types, and Verbal Velocity

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1979 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 351 pages
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The continuing debate over the existence or non-existence of formal verbal aspect in Gothic triggered the author to write this monograph whose aim is to provide a completely new foundation for a theory of aspect and related features. Gothic, with its limited corpus, representing a translation of the Greek, and showing interesting parallels with Slavic verbal constructions, serves and an illustrative model for the theory. In Part I the author argues that a unified theory of aspect, actional types, and verbal velocity presented there possesses an internal logic and is not at variance with observed facts in various Indo-European languages. In Part II an analysis is presented of the Gothic verb system which seeks to explain the much-disputed function of ga- and to solve the problem of Gothic aspect and actional types which does no violence either to the Gothic text or the Greek original.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PART I THEORY
15
I LANGUAGE AND REALITY
17
II PREDICATIONAL BIDIMENSIONALITY
23
III MULTIPARTITE ACTIONS AND THE PULSE THEORY OF ACTIONAL ENERGY
35
IV VERBAL VELOCITIES AND THE CLASSIFICATION OF VERBS
43
V PREDICATIONAL TIME AND THE PRESENT
57
VI NONPRESENT ACTIONS AND ASPECT
71
XI ASPECT AND PREDICATIONAL TYPES
123
XII SUMMARY
137
The Gothic Verb
141
CONDITIONING FACTORS
143
II ASPECT AND PREDICATIONAL TYPES IN GOTHIC
161
III GOTHIC POINTORIENTED COMPOUNDS
315
AFTERWORD
321
BIBLIOGRAPHY
325

VII ASPECTUAL CONTRASTS
83
VIII ACTIONAL TYPES AND PARTIAL ACTIONS
91
IX MULTIPLE ACTIONS
113
X THE PERFECT
117

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