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Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure$
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Malka Rappaport Hovav, Edit Doron, and Ivy Sichel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544325

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544325.001.0001

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Modal and Temporal Aspects of Habituality *

Modal and Temporal Aspects of Habituality *

(p.338) 16 Modal and Temporal Aspects of Habituality*
Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure

Nora Boneh

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We argue that habituality is primarily a modal category, which can only indirectly be characterized in aspectual terms, depending on the particular aspectual operators at work in a given language. In languages which do not overtly contrast perfective/imperfective aspect, we identify a habitual form, morphologically and aspectually complex, which characterizes an interval in retrospect by means of an actualized habit holding throughout the interval.

Keywords:   habituality, viewpoint aspect, imperfectivity, modality, perspective point, universal perfect, Hebrew, English, Romance

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