tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Tue Jun 01 21:35:07 1999

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Re: Aspect

In a message dated 5/26/1999 9:44:51 PM US Mountain Standard Time, writes:

<< I have recently discovered another good book regarding Aspect--VERB
 >SEMANTICS, DIATHESIS AND ASPECT, Mila Dimitrova-Vulchanova, NTNU, Trondheim.
 If this is the same kind of "good" that leads you to use perfective aspect
 suffixes to indicate the occurrence of a past event, when you've already
 established a past tense setting, I doubt its relevance to this mailing 
list. >>
I did not write the book!!!!!  The book really does delve deeply into the 
origins of the terms aspect, perfective and imperfective.  While TKD only 
uses the words aspect and perfective without further defining these terms, I 
still suggest you read books about aspect written by experts in this field.  
I am not saying Okrand is not an expert linguist with perfect knowledge of 
what Aspect is and how to use it, he merely has not given explanations that 
these books do.


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