Interfaces with English Aspect
Diachronic and empirical studies
The field of verbal aspect has been a focus for the derivation of a multiplicity of theoretical approaches ranging over decades of linguistic research. From the point of view of recent studies, though, there has been relatively little emphasis on the nature of the interaction of aspect with other categories, and the ways in which our knowledge of aspect acts as a primary semantic contributor to the creation of other basic verbal parameters such as tense and modality. This book aims to cross some of the categorial borders, using a collection of studies on the interfaces of English aspect with other grammatical domains. The studies in the book have been assembled in order to answer two central issues surrounding the nature of English aspect: the possibility of the historical co-existence of a perfective and imperfective grammatical distinction in English, and the derivation of modality as an inference arising out of specific conflicts and combinations of lexical and grammatical aspect. In answering these questions, a data-driven, rather than a theory-driven approach is favoured, and the general principles of Gricean pragmatics and grammaticalisation are applied to a wide range of empirical sources to propose alternative explanations to some long-established problems of English historical linguistics and semantics.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 82] 2006. xvi, 325 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Preface and acknowledgements | pp. ix–x
Abbreviations | p. xi
List of figures and tables | pp. xiii–xv
Introduction | pp. 1–27
Imperfectivity and the English Progressive | pp. 29–88
Perfectivity in English: The case of do | pp. 89–137
Proximative aspect | pp. 139–207
Aspectual collocations and nascent modality | pp. 209–239
Generic aspect in the emergence of future will | pp. 241–285
Concluding thoughts | pp. 287–298
Name Index | pp. 317–320
Subject index | pp. 321–325
“This volume is an informative collection of essays for the scholar interested in the verbal categories of English and from a typological perspective, its strongest points being the attempt to characterize the interaction between aspect and modality and the focus on generic aspect as a source of modal concepts.”
Ilse Wischer, University of Potsdam, in Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies 21(1): 221-223
“Interfaces with English Aspect is a thought-provoking and thus welcome addition to research on aspect in English and other languages. It will be of interest chiefly to scholars who are already well versed in fields such as aspect in the history of English, grammaticalization, and pragmatics.”
Erik Smitterberg, Stockholm University, in Folia Linguistica 41(3-4), 2007
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General