LINGUIST List 26.5378

Wed Dec 02 2015

Books: Verb Classes and Aspect: Barrajón López, Cifuentes Honrubia, Rodríguez Rosique (eds.)

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Date: 01-Dec-2015
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: Verb Classes and Aspect: Barrajón López, Cifuentes Honrubia, Rodríguez Rosique (eds.)
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Title: Verb Classes and Aspect
Series Title: IVITRA Research in Linguistics and Literature 9
Published: 2015
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/ivitra.9

Editor: Elisa Barrajón López
Editor: José Luis Cifuentes Honrubia
Editor: Susana Rodríguez Rosique
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027267856 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027267856 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027267856 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027240156 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027240156 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027240156 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Abstract:

This volume offers a variety of perspectives on two of the main topics situated at the crossroads between lexical semantics and syntax, namely: (a) aspect and its correspondence with syntactic structure; and (b) the delimitation of syntactic structures from verb classes. Almost from Aristotle’s Metaphysics, it has been assumed that verbs invoke a mental image about the way in which eventualities are distributed over time. When it comes to determining time schemata, the lexical class to which the verb belongs represents a first step. Speaking about verb classes does not exclusively mean a semantic similarity; rather, verb classes exhibit a bundle of common features and thus show a set of recursive behavior patterns. Beyond the meaning of the verb, both semantic and syntactic factors, together with pragmatic ones, play a decisive role when establishing the aspectual classification of an eventuality. The contributions collected in this book approach the aforementioned lines, either analyzing the relationships between aspect and syntactic structure or traversing the path from a verb class to its syntactic manifestation. Some of them stress diachronic filiations, while others include processes of word formation in the debate; some of them focus on certain classes, such as movement verbs or psychological verbs, while others examine specific constructions. A number of chapters also discuss relevant theoretical issues concerning the analysis of aspect. In sum, the kaleidoscopic view provided by this book allows the reader to delve deeper into one of the most controversial – as well as exciting – topics within current linguistics.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Pragmatics
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng)

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