Aspect in Grammatical Variation
James A. Walker | York University, Toronto
The articles in this edited volume represent a range of approaches to studying the role of verbal aspect in grammatical variation. Issues addressed include: defining the variable context; operationalizing aspectual distinctions as factors conditioning linguistic variation; and the appropriate number of aspectual distinctions and levels. Apart from bringing to light various methodological and analytical issues, this volume gathers together a unique collection of original research, based on spoken- and written-language corpora, of an array of languages and linguistic varieties: African American Vernacular English, Caribbean English and English-based creole, Indian English, Newfoundland English, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese, Ecuadorian Spanish, Mexican Spanish, and Peninsular Spanish. This volume should not only benefit research on grammatical variation but also be of interest more generally to the study of verbal aspect.
[Studies in Language Variation, 6] 2010. vi, 150 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. IntroductionJames A. Walker | pp. 1–12
Chapter 2. Grammaticalization paths as variable contexts in weak complementarity in SpanishScott A. Schwenter and Rena Torres Cacoullos | pp. 13–26
Chapter 3. Aspectual periphrases and syntactic variation in Brazilian PortugueseRonald Beline Mendes | pp. 27–47
Chapter 4. Aspect and the English Present Perfect: What can be coded?Gerard Van Herk | pp. 49–64
Chapter 5. Coding compositional aspect in FrenchCarmen LeBlanc | pp. 65–79
Chapter 6. Breaking old habits: Syntactic constraints underlying habitual effects in Newfoundland EnglishBecky Childs and Gerard Van Herk | pp. 81–93
Chapter 7. Affairs of state: Defining and coding stativity in English and English-based CreoleJames A. Walker | pp. 95–109
Chapter 8. A new methodology for the study of aspect in contact: Past and progressive in Indian EnglishDevyani Sharma and Ashwini Deo | pp. 111–130
Chapter 9. Expressing tense and aspect: The case of adult Chinese-Spanish speakers in EcuadorHsiao-Ping Biehl | pp. 131–147
Index | pp. 149–150
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General