Iterative usage of aspect in the imperative mood

When we look at aspectual choice in the indicative mood, we find that there are a number of usage-based factors that influence the speaker/writers decision to prefer the imperfective aspect or the perfective aspect. In narrative, the major driver of aspect choice is, of course, grounding (cf. Hopper 1981), but in non-narrative, that becomes less... Continue Reading →

Perspectival uses of Aspect in the Imperative

I mentioned in my previous post about  Klaas Bentein article on academia.edu (Aspectual choice and the presentation of Narrative. An application to Herodotus’ Histories. Glotta 92 [2016]) that Bentein's insight has relevance to the Greek data about aspect in imperatives--if you still haven't examined it, I would encourage you to take a look. It's an... Continue Reading →

Bentein on Aspectual Perspective

Klaas Bentein just uploaded a paper to academia.edu that's worth reading through on aspect in narrative. Aspectual choice and the presentation of Narrative. An application to Herodotus’ Histories. Glotta 92 (2016) Abstract: In this article, I analyze how aspectual choice contributes to the  presentation of Herodotus’ narrative. I argue that the choice for the imperfect... Continue Reading →

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