Title: Building Up Aspect
Subtitle: A study of aspect and related categories in Bulgarian, with parallels in
English and French
Series Title: Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics. Vol. 6
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
Author: Maria Stambolieva
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This book addresses the problems of the nature of the category of aspect, its formal expression and its relation to Action modes, to the Aorist/Imperfect and Perfect/Non-Perfect distinctions. The discussion is largely based on data from Bulgarian - a Slavonic language where aspect as a grammatical category systematically coexists not only with verbal prefixation, but also with temporal boundedness, correlation and, in the nominal sphere, definiteness. Cross-language parallels with English and French data and the mapping of Bulgarian structures to notions drawn from the 'western' tradition of aspectual study result in the outline of a framework for an integrated study of the expression of aspectuality in languages belonging to different language groups. Refuting existing views of aspect as a 'compensatory' phenomenon for nominal definiteness, the book presents arguments in favour of a systematic relation between verbal prefixation and NP quantification in Slavonic languages and of a compositional, syntactic dimension of aspectual analysis.
Bulgarian language - The Slavonic category of aspect - Perfective and imperfective verbs - The notion of change in interval semantics - The 'stative' verb, aspect and action mode - Aspect and tense - The aorist/imperfect distinction - The aspect/temporal boundedness distinction - Aspect and quantification - Action mode and syntactic structure.