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A Semantic and Pragmatic Model of Lexical and Grammatical Aspect

By Mari B. Olsen Copyright 1997

    First Published in 1997. This work studies two related phenomena in human language: the ability of verbs and other lexical items to describe how a situation (event or state) develops or holds in time (LEXICAL ASPECT) and the view some verbal auxiliaries and affixes present of the development or result of a situation at a given time (GRAMMATICAL ASPECT). Through this investigation the author seeks to reveal a formal situation structure represented by aspectual phenomena, a structure to which other linguistic elements make reference, particularly tense. This structure describes the semantics of aspect and provides a principled input to pragmatic aspectual interpretation.

    Acknowledgments, Abbreviations and conventions Chapter 1. INTRODUCTION Chapter 2. LEXICAL ASPECT Chapter 3. GRAMMATICAL ASPECT Chapter 4. TENSE Chapter 5. ENGLISH TENSE AND ASPECT Chapter 6. KOINE GREEK TENSE AND ASPECT Chapter 7. CONCLUSIONS


    Mari B. Olsen