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Title: The Parameter of Aspect
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The Parameter of Aspect presents a unified theory of aspect within Universal Grammar. It provides an unusual combination of syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic approaches to a single domain, and gives detailed linguistic analysis of five languages with very different aspectual systems: English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Navajo and Russian. Extensive discussion of the linguistic evidence is complemented by a formal semantic treatment in the framework of Discourse Representation Theory, with an explicit procedure for computing aspectual meaning from syntactic surface structure. Among the theoretical innovations is a principled account of the interaction between viewpoint (perfective, imperfective) and situation type (state, event); a level of pragmatic analysis at which contrastive and inferred meanings are stated; a default analysis of sentences that are neither perfective nor imperfective in viewpoint.

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: Kluwer
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Pragmatics
Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
English
French
Navajo
Russian
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0792346572
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 349
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