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VerbsAspect and Causal Structure$
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William Croft

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199248582

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248582.001.0001

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Change, boundedness, and construal

Change, boundedness, and construal

(p.70) 3 Change, boundedness, and construal

William Croft

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3, “Change, boundedness and construal”, analyzes a number of grammatical aspect phenomena in terms of the two-dimensional model introduced in chapter 2. Events may be incremental or scalar in different ways, but all of them can be represented as a continuous scale on the q dimension. Events may be bounded on the q dimension (telicity), or on the t dimension, or on both. The alternative aspectual interpretations of the same event in different tense-aspect constructions can be accounted for by a small number of construal operations, including profile shift and scalar adjustment. The chapter concludes with brief analyses of aspect in Russian, specifically the contrast between Determinate and Indeterminate verbs of motion, and the contrast between Perfective and Imperfective aspectual forms.

Keywords:   aspect, incremental theme, boundedness, telicity, scalarity, aspectual construal, scalar adjustment, English, Russian, tense-aspect constructions

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