A Theory of Aspectuality: The Interaction between Temporal and Atemporal Structure by Henk J. VerkuylA Theory of Aspectuality: The Interaction between Temporal and Atemporal Structure by Henk J. Verkuyl

A Theory of Aspectuality: The Interaction between Temporal and Atemporal Structure

byHenk J. Verkuyl

Paperback | June 28, 1996

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Sentences may pertain to states or processes or events. They may express boundedness, duration, repetition, frequency, and many other forms of temporality. How do they do this? Henk Verkuyl presents here a theory about aspectual properties of sentences in natural languages. A Theory of Aspectuality brings together the fruit of his thinking on the subject over the past 20 years, and will interest all those working on aspect and the semantics of noun phrases. It promises to be a major contribution to our understanding of the subject.
Title:A Theory of Aspectuality: The Interaction between Temporal and Atemporal StructureFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:412 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.91 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.91 inPublished:June 28, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I. Issues of Compositionality: 1. The plus-principle; 2. Aspectual classes and aspectual composition; Part II. Noun Phrase Structure: 3. The tools of generalised quantification; 4. In search of SQA; 5. Numerals and quantifiers: one level up; 6. Some problems of prenominal NP structure; 7. Determiner structure; 8. Some explorative issues; Part III. Temporal Structure: 9. Homogeneity; 10. Localism and additive structure; 11. Event semantics and aspect construal; 12. Aspect and perspective; 13. Event construal; 14. Testing the plus-principle; Conclusion; Notes; References; Index.

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Sentences may pertain to states or processes or events. they may express duration, frequency, habituality, and many other forms of temporality. How do they do this? It is the aspectual properties of sentences in natural languages which allow the user to express temporal structure, and Henk Verkuyl here presents a unified formal system to account for them.

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' ... thoroughly and convincingly argued ... [it] deserves to be on the reading list of every semanticist.' Journal of Linguistics