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Aspectual Inquiries

The study of the linguistic reflexes of aspect has been an active field of research in various sub-disciplines of linguistics, such as syntax, semantics (including discourse theory) and acquisition studies. However, communication and dissemination of results across these various subfields has often been indirect. This volume solves that problem. The different angles brought together here give us a comprehensive picture of the representation of aspect in the mind/brain of the speaker.

The papers in this volume represent the results of a workshop on the syntax, semantics and acquisition of aspect held in 2002 whose purpose was to foment active cross-disciplinary communication. A number of the papers examine the syntactic representation of lexical or situation aspect, while others focus on the syntactic interaction of lexical aspect with grammatical aspect, and of grammatical aspect and tense. Other papers examine the role of aspect in discourse representations, while a third group of papers reports on results of empirical studies on the acquisition of aspect in both first and second language acquisition, and patterns of loss of morphosyntactic reflexes of aspect in language attrition.

This volume is of interest to researchers and advanced graduate students in syntax, semantics, discourse representation and language acquisition, particularly those working on tense and aspect.

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PAULA KEMPCHINSKY and ROUMYANA SLABAKOVA / Issues and Interfaces in the Study of Aspect Part I: ASPECT AND THE INTERNAL STRUCTURE OF THE CLAUSE ELIZABETH RITTER and SARA THOMAS ROSEN / Topic or Aspect HAGIT BORER / Some Notes on the Syntax of Quantity LISA DEMENA TRAVIS / Articulated vPS and the Computation of aspectual Classes RAFFAELLA FOLLI and HEIDI HARLEY / Flavors of v CHRISTINA SCHMITT / Semi-Copulas MAI TUNGSETH / PP, FP and the Telic/Atelic Distionction in Norwegian Motion Constructions Part II: ASPECT, TENSE AND DISCOURSE KAREN ZAGONA / The Spatio-temporal Path and Aspectual Composition HAMIDA DEMIRDACHE and MYRIAM URIBE-ETXEBARRIA / Aspect and Temporal Modification CARLOTA S. SMITH / Aspectual Entities and Tense in Discourse PATRICK CAUDAL / Stage Structure And Stage Salience For Event Semantics PATRICK CAUDAL and LAURENT ROUSSARIE / Aspectual Viewpoints, Speech Act Functions and Discourse Structure Part III: ASPECT AND ACQUISITION NINA HYAMS / Child Non-Finite Clauses and the Mood-Aspect Connection ANGELIEK VAN HOUT / Imperfect Imperfectives MARTYNA KOZLOWSKA-MACGREGOR / L2 Acquisition of Aspectual Distinctions in Polish ASYA PERELTSVAIG / Aspect Lost, Aspect Regained KATHLEEN BARDOVI HARLIG / Tracking the Elusive Imperfect in Adult L2 Acquisition REFERENCES INDEX


From the reviews: "Aspectual inquiries is a highly coherent edited volume that contains important contributions to our understanding of aspectual distinctions in the lexicon, in the grammar, in language use, and in language development/breakdown. ... I expect the book to be widely read in the generative linguistic community because of its relevance to the discussion on functional categories. The papers are well written and accessible enough that they can be used in (advanced) seminars on aspect as well." (Henriette de Swart, Language, Vol. 83 (4), 2007)

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