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Actionality and the degree of temporal dynamics

Focus aspect, status aspect, and the role of valency

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Abstract

The interaction of lexical actionality with grammatical aspect is explained in a comprehensive system, based on the “degree of temporal dynamics” of simple and complex actional classes and of the various functions, expressed by aspect grammemes (extended ILA model, focus aspect). Then a new conceptualization of less frequent aspect phenomena is presented. A novelty is the differentiation of focus aspect from status aspect, characterized by habitualization and the transformation of telic events into atelic activities. Argument structures are claimed to be responsible for class changes, especially with respect to the incorporative (INCO) class, combining activity, telicity and a subsequent state.


Corresponding author: Walter Breu, Department of Linguistics, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany, E-mail:

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