Aspect in English

A “Common-Sense” View of the Interplay between Verbal and Nominal Referents

  • Krasimir Kabakčiev

Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 75)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Krasimir Kabakčiev
    Pages 1-29
  3. Krasimir Kabakčiev
    Pages 55-67
  4. Krasimir Kabakčiev
    Pages 163-180
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    Pages 181-209
  6. Krasimir Kabakčiev
    Pages 263-277
  7. Krasimir Kabakčiev
    Pages 279-307
  8. Krasimir Kabakčiev
    Pages 327-328
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 329-351

About this book


Based on an earlier edition published in 1992 in Bulgarian, this book offers a specific approach to one of the most controversial problems in linguistics. According to it, aspect is the result of a subtle and complex interplay between the referents of verbs and nouns in the sentence. Special attention is paid to the role nouns and noun phrases play in the explication of aspect in English (and similar languages). The grammatical marking of aspect is shown to be a compensatory phenomenon imposed by language structure. Comparisons made using Slavic (mainly Bulgarian) data reveal that compositional aspect is a mirror image of verbal aspect. When explicated compositionally, aspect is also determined by pragmatic factors. Ultimately, it is part of man's cognitive potential.


Index Tempora adverbial aspect language noun phrase nouns progressive subject

Authors and affiliations

  • Krasimir Kabakčiev
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for the Bulgarian LanguageBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5548-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9355-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4662
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