Aspectual Prototypes

  • Antony Galton
Conference paper
Part of the Workshops in Computing book series (WORKSHOPS COMP.)


Aspect has been much studied in linguistics, both conventional and computational, and a loose consensus has emerged roughly as follows. A verb phrase describes a particular type of ‘situation’, which its aspect modifies by converting it into a different type. This yields two aspectual notions, for which I propose the terms primary and secondary aspect, corresponding to the traditional Aktionsart and Aspekt.


Salient Attribute Count Noun Prototypical Member Prototype Theory Tense Sentence 
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© British Computer Society 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Antony Galton
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of ExeterExeterUK

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