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LINGUIST List 20.4164

Sat Dec 05 2009

Books: Semantics/Syntax/Morphology: Roby

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Aspect and the Categorization of States: Roby

Message 1: Aspect and the Categorization of States: Roby
Date: 05-Dec-2009
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Aspect and the Categorization of States: Roby
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Title: Aspect and the Categorization of States
Subtitle: The case of ser and estar in Spanish
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 114
Published: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SLCS%20114

Author: David Brian Roby
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027288943 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 135.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027288943 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 90.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027205810 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 90.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027205810 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 135.00

In this work, the Spanish copulae ser and estar are argued to
be aspectual morphemes. Their binary opposition reflects the universal
aspectual values [┬▒Perfective], which are the same ones overtly expressed
by the preterite and imperfect past tense forms in Spanish. It can
therefore be shown that different types of states, just like different
types of events, can be categorized based on their aspectual composition.
Additionally, the inherent semantic differences between events and states
can be accounted for by analyzing aspect as applying to events
internally and to states externally. A useful resource for
the beginning linguist as well as the most seasoned analyst, this work is
written in language that is easy to understand while remaining faithful to
all of the appropriate relevant technical terminology. Anyone who is
seriously interested in exploring why the Spanish verbs ser and
are used the way they are should read this book.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

Written In: English (eng )

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