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LINGUIST List 20.2571

Tue Jul 21 2009

Books: Historical Linguistics/Semantics/Syntax: Brinton

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        1.    Daniel Davies, The Development of English Aspectual Systems: Brinton

Message 1: The Development of English Aspectual Systems: Brinton
Date: 16-Jul-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: The Development of English Aspectual Systems: Brinton
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Title: The Development of English Aspectual Systems
Subtitle: Aspectualizers and Post-verbal Particles
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 49
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Laurel J. Brinton
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521116756 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 22.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521116756 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 43.00

Note: This is the re-issue of a previously published book.

Laurel Brinton's important study of the development of English aspectual
systems provides an exceptionally clear and systematic account of an area
of syntax and semantics that continues to be the subject of both
terminological and notional confusion. Not only has the study of aspect
been confused, but the variety of aspectual markers in English has also
been unduly neglected. In this book Dr Brinton convincingly demonstrates
the need to make clear distinction between 'aspect' and 'aktionsart' and
betwen the aspectual meaning of individual forms and the meanings that
result from the combination of verbs, auxiliaries, particles, and adverbs,
as well as nominal arguments within a sentence. This exceptionally clear
account of two sets of aspectual forms points to the coherence and
systematicity of aspectual marking in Modern English. The wide range of
theoretical issues explored makes this a significant contribution to the
synchronic study of aspect and to the diachronic study of language change.
The book will undoubtedly have applications cross-linguistically.

1. Aspectual studies in English: trends and problems;
2. The grammatical status and function of aspectualizers in Modern English;
3. The development of aspectualizers in English;
4. Verb particles in Modern English;
5. The development of phrasal verbs in English;
6. Concluding remarks;

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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