Verb Classes and Aspect

Elisa Barrajón López | University of Alicante
José Luis Cifuentes Honrubia | University of Alicante
ORCID logoSusana Rodríguez Rosique | University of Alicante
ISBN 9789027240156 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027267856 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This volume offers a variety of perspectives on two of the main topics situated at the crossroads between lexical semantics and syntax, namely: (a) aspect and its correspondence with syntactic structure; and (b) the delimitation of syntactic structures from verb classes. Almost from Aristotle’s Metaphysics, it has been assumed that verbs invoke a mental image about the way in which eventualities are distributed over time. When it comes to determining time schemata, the lexical class to which the verb belongs represents a first step. Speaking about verb classes does not exclusively mean a semantic similarity; rather, verb classes exhibit a bundle of common features and thus show a set of recursive behavior patterns. Beyond the meaning of the verb, both semantic and syntactic factors, together with pragmatic ones, play a decisive role when establishing the aspectual classification of an eventuality. The contributions collected in this book approach the aforementioned lines, either analyzing the relationships between aspect and syntactic structure or traversing the path from a verb class to its syntactic manifestation. Some of them stress diachronic filiations, while others include processes of word formation in the debate; some of them focus on certain classes, such as movement verbs or psychological verbs, while others examine specific constructions. A number of chapters also discuss relevant theoretical issues concerning the analysis of aspect. In sum, the kaleidoscopic view provided by this book allows the reader to delve deeper into one of the most controversial – as well as exciting – topics within current linguistics.
[IVITRA Research in Linguistics and Literature, 9] 2015.  xviii, 446 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“An excellent volume on the interaction between verb classes and aspect […]. The authors make use of the most current theoretical tools and ideas […]. An outstanding text for students and scholars interested in the topic.”
“A valuable collection of insightful and thought-provoking articles.”
“The papers included in this book represent an important contribution […] and are of interest to a large part of the scientific community working on the study of Spanish and other Romance languages.”

Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2015027934 | Marc record