LINGUIST List 10.783

Thu May 20 1999

Books: Aspect and Voice

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Interaction Between Aspect and Voice in Russian
  2. LINCOM EUROPA, Verb Semantics, Diathesis and Aspect

Message 1: Interaction Between Aspect and Voice in Russian

Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 17:59:18 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: Interaction Between Aspect and Voice in Russian

INTERACTION BETWEEN ASPECT AND VOICE IN RUSSIAN
Youri A. Poupynin, Institute of Linguistic Studies, St.Petersburg
	
	The Russian linguistics is gradually concentrated on the analysis of
the Russian verb categories as a certain system. The study of the
tense and the aspect in their connection already became traditional.
The present work aims especially to research the Russian aspect and
voice in the mutual connections. The book contains three parts. The
interrelation of the aspect and the voice in the grammatical system
of Russian (i.e. in the verb paradigm) is to be considered in the
first part "Towards the problem of connections of grammatical 
categories: aspect and voice". The first part includes the following 
chapters: "Aspect and voice in the hierarchy of Russian verbal 
categories", "Symmetry and asymmetry in the paradigmatic 
intersection of aspect and voice", "Connections between the
terminativity and the transitivity", "A field approach in the study of 
connections of grammatical categories". 
 The second and the third parts are devoted to the
functional-semantic interaction of the aspect and the voice. The
following approach to prove the functional-semantic interaction of
grammatical categories is proposed in the book: one of the two given
categories has to be treated as a source of semantic backgrounds
whereas the second category has to be treated as a source of the
semantic functions. The fact of the interaction would be established
if the semantic functions of the second category change (are
restricted, specified, expanded etc.) going through a certain semantic
background represented of the first category. The high syntactic
significance of the voice makes it to be considered as a source of the
semantic backgrounds (active and passive) and, accordingly, the aspect
has to be considered as a source of the semantic functions. 
 The second part deals with the imperfective functions on the
passive and active background. Because in many Russian
aspectological studies the semantic functions of the imperfective and
the perfective are mainly illuminated on the material of active
forms, the special attention is given to functioning of passive
forms, while examples with the active forms are attracted for the
contrastive analysis. The second part includes chapters devoted to
specific features of the particular meanings of the imperfective
aspect in the passive voice: meaning of the process, iterative meaning,
qualitative meaning etc. 
 The third part includes chapters contained the study of the
specific features of the particulars meanings of the perfective aspect
in the passive voice: meaning of the completed event, meaning of 
the "vivid exemplification", summative meaning. Restriction or
expansion of different aspectual functions in passive constructions
(in comparison with active constructions) are especially noted and
discussed. 

ISBN 3 89586 056 5. 
LINCOM Studies in Slavic Linguistics 02. 
200pp. USD 67 / DM 94 / \163 37.50. 

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FAX : +49 89 3148909; 
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Message 2: Verb Semantics, Diathesis and Aspect

Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 12:00:16 +0200
From: LINCOM EUROPA <LINCOM.EUROPAt-online.de>
Subject: Verb Semantics, Diathesis and Aspect

VERB SEMANTICS, DIATHESIS AND ASPECT 
Mila Dimitrova-Vulchanova, NTNU, Trondheim

This work addresses issues of the interface between the lexical
specification of verbs and the level of Morpho-syntactic structure and
verbal Aspect. The main claim is that the properties of constructions
are largely predictable from the semantic properties of the head verb.
This claim also extends to predictions concerning the aspectual
properties of constructions. The languages on which this study is based
include Germanic (English, Norwegian and German) and Slavic (Bulgarian
and Russian). The analysis is carried out within a framework of grammar
called 'The Sign Model', currently under development. The discussion
focuses on a number of aspectual processes attested cross-linguistically
and the problems they pose for a unified treatment. In the course of
presentation an illustration is given of the systematic interrelation
between the morpho-syntactic realization of constructions and their
aspectual properties. While providing a discussion of the relevant
existing proposals for the treatment of Aspect (Aspectuality) in view of
the syntactic properties of constructions, the work also indicates a
system geared towards a unified analysis. 
	A considerable part of the book is devoted to the implementation of the
Sign Model to the analysis of passive constructions based on a notional
definition of PASSIVE. A number of construction types
cross-linguistically are matched against this definition, such as
middles in English, impersonals in Germanic, and the Bulgarian
constructions involving the reflexive clitic se. An attempt is made at
defining the constraints for each of the above construction types which
arise from the lexical specification of the head verbs. The book also
includes a proposal concerning the aspectual properties of passives and
the role palyed by passive morphology in aspect construal. 

ISBN 3 89586 572 9. 
LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 08. 
Ca. 200 pp. USD 68 / DM 102 / pound sterling 38. 

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+49 89 3148909; http://home.t-online.de/home/LINCOM.EUROPA;
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