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To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
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Building Up Aspect
A study of aspect and related categories in Bulgarian, with parallels in English and French
Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics. Vol. 6
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.