© 2005

Aspectual Inquiries

  • Paula Kempchinsky
  • Roumyana Slabakova

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 62)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Paula Kempchinsky, Roumyana Slabakova
    Pages 1-18
  3. Aspect and the Internal Structure of the Clause

    1. Elizabeth Ritter, Sara Thomas Rosen
      Pages 21-39
    2. Hagit Borer
      Pages 41-68
    3. Raffaella Folli, Heidi Harley
      Pages 95-120
    4. Cristina Schmitt
      Pages 121-145
  4. Aspect, Tense and Discourse

    1. Hamida Demirdache, Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria
      Pages 191-221
    2. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 223-237
    3. Patrick Caudal, Laurent Roussarie
      Pages 265-290
  5. Aspect and Acquisition

    1. Angeliek Van Hout
      Pages 317-343
    2. Martyna Kozlowska-Macgregor
      Pages 345-367
    3. Asya Pereltsvaig
      Pages 369-395
    4. Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig
      Pages 397-419
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 421-463

About this book


The study of the linguistic reflexes of aspect has been an active field of research in various sub-disciplines of linguistics, such as syntax, semantics (including discourse theory) and acquisition studies. However, communication and dissemination of results across these various subfields has often been indirect. The different angles brought together give us a comprehensive picture of the representation of aspect in the mind/brain of the speaker.

The papers in this volume represent the results of a workshop on the syntax, semantics and acquisition of aspect held in 2002 whose purpose was to foment active cross-disciplinary communication. A number of the papers examine the syntactic representation of lexical or situation aspect, while others focus on the syntactic interaction of lexical aspect with grammatical aspect, and of grammatical aspect and tense. Other papers examine the role of aspect in discourse representations, while a third group of papers reports on results of empirical studies on the acquisition of aspect in both first and second language acquisition, and patterns of loss of morphosyntactic reflexes of aspect in language attrition.


Index Modus Syntax Tempora aspect communication interaction language language acquisition linguistics semantic semantics syntactic

Editors and affiliations

  • Paula Kempchinsky
    • 1
  • Roumyana Slabakova
    • 1
  1. 1.University of IowaIowa CityUSA

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"Aspectual inquiries is a highly coherent edited volume that contains important contributions to our understanding of aspectual distinctions in the lexicon, in the grammar, in language use, and in language development/breakdown. … I expect the book to be widely read in the generative linguistic community because of its relevance to the discussion on functional categories. The papers are well written and accessible enough that they can be used in (advanced) seminars on aspect as well." (Henriette de Swart, Language, Vol. 83 (4), 2007)