LINGUIST List 15.3551

Tue Dec 21 2004

Qs: Perfective Morpheme; L2 Processing of Idioms

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        1.    Marina Sherkina-Lieber, Perfective Morpheme
        2.    Zuo Hongshan, L2 Processing of Idioms

Message 1: Perfective Morpheme

Date: 20-Dec-2004
From: Marina Sherkina-Lieber <>
Subject: Perfective Morpheme

In a number of languages (e.g. Slavic group, Hungarian, Lithuanian, etc.),
 there is a grammatical distinction between perfective and imperfective
 aspect. However, these languages do not have a true perfective morpheme,
 whose only function is to change aspect to perfective; instead, they have a
 number of prefixes that make a verb perfective, and each prefix has
 additional, other than perfective, meaning (Aktionsart or spatial).
 The question is, does any language have a true perfective morpheme? If yes,
 is it inflectional? 
 Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Message 2: L2 Processing of Idioms

Date: 21-Dec-2004
From: Zuo Hongshan <>
Subject: L2 Processing of Idioms

Dear Sir or Madam,

This is Hongshan Zuo from China. Currently I'm in the first year of the
Ph.D. program, specializing in SLA. I'm interested in
L2 processing of idioms, but just suffer from a lack of references. Does
anybody have something to say?


Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
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