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About the primitives of aspect across languages

About the primitives of aspect across languages

Arche, Maria (2014) About the primitives of aspect across languages. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory, 32 (3). pp. 711-733. ISSN 0167-806X (Print), 1573-0859 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11049-014-9242-z)

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Abstract

This introduction presents the matter that this Topic/Comment issue addresses—namely, the encoding of aspectual information in the syntax and morphology. The main aim of this issue is to shed light on the identification of the semantic primitives underlying the most prominent viewpoint aspectual forms referred to in the literature (e.g., Imperfect, Perfective, Perfect, and Neutral), and to give a principled explanation of the way in which these semantic primitives are represented in the syntax and mapped onto the morphology. The introduction surveys and compares the different proposals that the authors in the issue defend in this regard and discusses the need of finer grained analyses so that more accurate crosslinguistic correspondences, which are crucial for answering questions in realms such as that of second language acquisition, can be established.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: viewpoint aspect, formal analysis, semantic primitives of aspect, syntax, morphology
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Applied Linguistics Research Group
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Literature, Language & Theatre
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2019 09:40
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 4
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6420

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