LINGUIST List 13.1250

Sun May 5 2002

Qs: Perfective/Slavic, Irregular English Verbs

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  1. Asya Pereltsvaig, PERF in Czech, Polish, Slovak
  2. anne.schott, Verb question

Message 1: PERF in Czech, Polish, Slovak

Date: Sun, 05 May 2002 17:22:43 +0200
From: Asya Pereltsvaig <>
Subject: PERF in Czech, Polish, Slovak

Zamskaya et al. (2001) claim that several Slavic languages allow the
use of perfective verbs in habitual contexts. However, some Polish
speakers I've consulted do not accept all the examples.

I would like to know how many of you Czech, Polish, Slovak speakers
accept or do not accept the following sentences (I omit the diacritics
since they may not reproduce in all browers):


(1) Prisel obycejne v patek. ('He usually came on fridays.')

(2) Nikdy jsem nepomyslil ze remeslo reportera je tak tezke. ('I never
thought that that the art of a reporter is so hard.')


(3) Czesto po obiezie vypil kawe. ('He often drank coffee after

(4) Kilka dni nie pokazal sie. ('He didn't show up for several days.')


(5) Nikdy predtym si toho nevsimol. ('He never noticed it before.')

Thank you for your time!

Asya Pereltsvaig

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Message 2: Verb question

Date: Sun, 5 May 2002 16:49:37 -0400
From: anne.schott <>
Subject: Verb question

Dear linguists:

There are verbs in English that are the same in the present and past
tense. e.g., cut, hit, bet. Can anyone tell me whether they have a
name and where I can find a full list of them? Thanks. :

Anne Schott
Director of Communications
New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)
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