Anatomy of the Verb

The Gothic Verb as a Model for a Unified Theory of Aspect, Actional Types, and Verbal Velocity. (Part I: Theory; Part II: Application)

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The continuing debate over the existence or non-existence of formal verbal aspect in Gothic triggered the author to write this monograph whose aim is to provide a completely new foundation for a theory of aspect and related features. Gothic, with its limited corpus, representing a translation of the Greek, and showing interesting parallels with Slavic verbal constructions, serves and an illustrative model for the theory. In Part I the author argues that a unified theory of aspect, actional types, and verbal velocity presented there possesses an internal logic and is not at variance with observed facts in various Indo-European languages. In Part II an analysis is presented of the Gothic verb system which seeks to explain the much-disputed function of ga- and to solve the problem of Gothic aspect and actional types which does no violence either to the Gothic text or the Greek original.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 4] 1979.  x, 351 pp.
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2000. Notes on the Etymologies of English big and Gothic ga-. American Journal of Germanic Linguistics and Literatures 12:1  pp. 41 ff. DOI logo
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1996. Functional Categories, Cliticization, and Verb Movement in the Early Germanic Languages. In Studies in Comparative Germanic Syntax [Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 38],  pp. 109 ff. DOI logo
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Mees, Bernard
2013. ‘Giving’ and ‘Making’ in Early Runic Epigraphy. Transactions of the Philological Society 111:3  pp. 326 ff. DOI logo
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2019. Chapter 11. The Old English verbal prefixes for- and ge-. In Historical Linguistics 2015 [Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 348],  pp. 218 ff. DOI logo
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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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