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Volume 16, Issue 1 (Feb 2005)


How fictive dynamicity motivates aspect marking: The riddle of the Finnish quasi-resultative construction

Tuomas Huumo
Published Online: 2005-07-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cogl.2005.16.1.113


This article studies fictive dynamicity as a factor motivating aspectual case marking in Finnish. In Finnish transitive sentences aspect is marked with the morphological case of the object: the restrictive object is used in sentences with a resultative meaning, whereas the partitive object is used in sentences indicating either atelicity, irresultativity, or progressivity. Interestingly, however, the restrictive object is also used in so-called quasi-resultative sentences, the aspectual meaning of which is atelic. These typically express a static physical location, perception, or cognition. In this article I argue that the use of the restrictive object in quasi-resultative sentences reflects the telic features of the conceptualization used to construct the representation of the atelic situation, where the atelic situation is represented as the result of a fictive change. This study thus extends the concept of fictive dynamicity to cover phenomena related to linguistic aspect.

Keywords: aspect; subjectivity; case marking

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Received: 18 July 2002

Revised: 24 January 2004

Published Online: 2005-07-27

Published in Print: 2005-02-24

Citation Information: Cognitive Linguistics, ISSN (Online) 1613-3641, ISSN (Print) 0936-5907, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cogl.2005.16.1.113.

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