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By Nils B. Thelin (ed.)

ISBN-10: 1556190956

ISBN-13: 9781556190957

ISBN-10: 902725012X

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Within the mild of turning out to be insights into the common temporal-semantic nature of aspectual differences, state-of-the-art aspectology has broadened its awareness from restrictedly event-defining services of point at the sentence point in the direction of its fundamental perspectival capabilities at the discourse/situation point. Hereby, it makes an attempt to narrate those services to one another in ways in which stimulate regularly language processing on a extra reliable perceptual-conceptual and pragmatic foundation, reflecting in a variety of methods this basic tendency. The thirteen papers during this quantity are orientated to 4 fields of study: developmental houses of element and annoying, ideo-pragmatic and conceptual-semantic correlates of element and the perspectival association of discourse, point, case and discourse, and point in literary discourse. The editor's creation offers a complete survey of latest aspectology and its improvement in the direction of a formal integration of discourse/situation stipulations. along with cross-linguistic issues (including English), the languages analyzed in particular are Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, French and Finnish.

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G. (32) a. b. They are being rude. He is being quiet. e. as parts or macrophases of broader processes of discourse development, with the latter often only tacitly implied as are processes in cases of the usual event-inherent applica­ tion of these aspect features (see below). This interpretation might be a reasonable explanation for the general feature of inferred dynamism of pro­ gressive statives specified as meanings of temporarity and changeability (cf. Smiths examples (36a,b), (37a-d) and (39a-d)), or intensity (cf.

A treatment in terms of totality vs. partiality has received support in subsequent interpretations of aspect related to the count vs. mass distinc­ tion (cf. Bach 1980, 1986; Hoepelman & Rohrer 1980; Carlson 1981; Mourelatos 1981; Langacker 1982; Wallace 1982). ). ), by applying the same distinction to an analysis of the French passé simple and imparfait, respec­ tively, arrive — within their interval-oriented framework — at the assump­ tion that the relationship between expression and interval is represented by either "total or partial functions" (see further below).

THELIN The above support for the partiality hypothesis in regard to the aspectual-processual meaning strengthens, correspondingly, the traditional con­ cept of totality, viz. as its natural, equipollent counterpart. e. perfective forms in Slavic and the 'perfective' use of the polysemic simple forms in English) we can in fact explain some notorius problems of tem­ poral grammar. Since an event perceived and reported at the moment of speech for obvious conceptual-pragmatic reasons cannot as a rule be sub­ ject to a total survey, but only to the partial analysis, it is now understanda­ ble why Slavic perfective forms cannot express present events but tend to express totality in the future.

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