IS VERBAL ASPECT A PROMINENCE INDICATOR?

That’s the title of an article in Filología Neotestamentaria 19 (2006).

The full title is:

IS VERBAL ASPECT A PROMINENCE INDICATOR? AN EVALUATION OF STANLEY PORTER’S PROPOSAL WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE GOSPEL OF LUKE

The article is an incredibly important critique of Stanley Porter’s approach to Aspect & its relationship to Discourse Analysis. Its not something I’ve written on here before, but it should perhaps go without saying (since I’m linking to the article) that I find the author Jody Barnard’s analysis and criticism to be highly enlightening and important and he’s quite critical of Porter.

If you’ve been following the Aspect debate (please stop calling it “Aspect Theory” – its not a theory its a semantic feature expressed morphosyntactically), you’ll want to read this article.

It doesn’t get deeply into the question of how many Aspects there are or into Aktionsart, the main focus is the flaws with Porter’s proposals regarding Aspect and Discourse Analysis (specifically, foreground/background/frontground).

The PDF itself is HERE.