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The "imperfective-paradox" paradox and other problems with the semantics of the progressive aspect

  • This paper is about the meaning of the progressive aspect, of which it has been notoriously difficult to give a satisfying account. 1 A number of intriguing properties of its meaning were first brought out in formal semantic treatments. An event semantics approach to the progressive that integrates concepts of nonnality and perspective as well as adequate lexical representations seems to be particularly promising. In section 1 I will present several problems connected with the semantics of the progressive that are crucial for shaping its truth conditions. Several solutions to these problems that have been suggested in the literature will be discussed. 2 In section 2 I will sketch a preliminary account of the meaning of the progressive aspect. In section 2.1 the basic components that underlie the truth conditions of the progressive will be described. In section 2.2 I will present underlying lexical assumptions and the truth conditions for the progressive. Finally, in section 2.3, I will evaluate the proposal by revisiting the problems discussed.

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Author:Stefan EngelbergORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the 1999 Deseret Language and Linguistics Society Symposium, Brigham Young University, 18-19 February 1999
Publisher:Deseret Language and Linguistics Society
Place of publication:Provo, UT
Editor:Jessica Young, Julie C. Runolfson, Heather Judson, Alan D. Manning
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2000
Tag:progressive aspect
GND Keyword:Bedeutung; Deutsch; Englisch; Imperfekt
Page Number:9
First Page:45
Last Page:53
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 420 Englisch
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 430 Deutsch
Open Access?:ja
BDSL-Classification:Sprache im 20. Jahrhundert. Gegenwartssprache
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung 3.0 Deutschland