Aspect and Reference Time
By (author) Olga Borik
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Aspect and Reference Time by Olga Borik
Book DescriptionThis book investigates the temporal structure of language. It deals with central issues in the understanding of tense and aspect, proposes a new approach to the main problems in the area, and seeks to establish the universal semantic properties of two important and contentious aspectual categories, perfectivity and imperfectivity. Dr Borik develops an original theory of aspect. She shows how this accounts for aspectual categories in Russian, and that it can used to compare Russian to other languages where similar aspectual issues arise. She devotes particular attention to English, a language which appears to have no grammatical categories of perfectivity and imperfectivity. She argues that the semantic properties established for the Russian tense-aspect system are reflected in English, and reveals parallels in the expression of temporal and aspectual information in the two languages. Aspect and Reference Time will interest all scholars of the syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of aspect and tense. The author's clear exposition and cross-linguistic approach make it a useful basis for courses at graduate level.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199291298
(233mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Investigating the temporal structure of language, this text deals with issues in the understanding of tense and aspect, proposes a new approach to the main problems in the area, and seeks to establish the universal semantic properties of two important and contentious aspectual categories, perfectivity and imperfectivity.
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Author Biography - Olga Borik
Olga Borik is Lecturer at the Department of Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication at the New University of Russia. After her BA in linguistics at the Moscow State University in 1995 she obtained an MPhil from the University of Tronso in 1998 and a PhD from the University of Utrecht in 2002.
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