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Title: Parameters of Slavic Aspect
Subtitle: A Cognitive Approach
Written By: Stephen Dickey
URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=1575862352
Series Title: Dissertations in Linguistics
Description:

Parameters of Slavic Aspect: A Cognitive Approach presents the first
detailed comparative analysis of verbal aspect in the Slavic languages.
Dickey divides the Slavic languages into two aspectual groups, an eastern
and a western group as well as a transitional zone between the two. This
book shows the semantic meaning of aspect in these groups, analyzed within
the framework of cognitive grammar. Dickey offers the first comparative
analysis of Slavic aspect treating more than two languages, and the first
book-length cognitive linguistic analysis of Slavic aspect.

Dickey establishes seven parameters of variation in aspectual usage:
habituality, the simple denotation of past actions, the historical present,
stage directions and other instructions, performatives and other cases of
the coincidence of utterance and action, the imperfective in sequences of
actions, and the derivation of verbal nouns. These parameters are used as a
basis for dividing the Slavic languages into the western group of Czech,
Slovak, Slovene, Sorbian, the eastern group of Russian, Ukrainian,
Belarusian, Bulgarian and the transitional zone of Serbo-Croatian and
Polish. Dickey uses concepts from cognitive grammar to construct a semantic
analysis of the category of aspect in each group and in the transitional
zone. Ultimately, Dickey shows that western aspect centers around the
category of totality, whereas eastern aspect centers around a category of
temporal definiteness.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Syntax
Cognitive Science
Language Family(ies): Slavic Subgroup
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ISBN: 1575862352
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Pages: 328
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