© 1997

The Parameter of Aspect


Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 43)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Part One

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xix-xix
    2. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 1-15
    3. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 17-37
    4. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 61-95
    5. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 97-121
    6. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 123-139
  3. Part Two

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-168
    2. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 169-192
    3. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 193-226
    4. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 263-296
    5. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 297-329
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 331-353

About this book


While working on this project I have received institutional support of several kinds, for which I am most grateful. I thank the Institute for Advanced Study at Stanford University, and the Spencer Foundation. for a stimulating environment in which the basic idea of this book was developed. The Max Planck Institute for Psycho linguistics at Nijmegen enabled me to spend several months working on the the manuscript. A National Science Foundation grant to develop Discourse Representation Theory, and a grant from The University Research Institute of the University of Texas, also gave me time to pursue this project. I thank Helen Aristar-Dry for reading early drafts of the manuscript, Osten Dahl for penetrating remarks on a preliminary version, and my collaborator Gilbert Rappaport for relentless comments and questions throughout. People with whom I have worked on particular languages are mentioned in the relevant chapters. lowe a special debt of gratitude to the members of my graduate seminar on aspect in the spring of 1990: they raised many questions of importance which made a real differ­ ence to the final form of the theory. I have benefitted from presenting parts of this material publicly, including colloquia at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at San Diego, the University of Pennsylvania, Rice University, the University of Texas, and University of Tel Aviv. I thank Adrienne Diehr and Marjorie Troutner for their efficient and good-humored help throughout the work on the first edition.


Index Tempora aspect grammar interaction semantic syntactic

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of TexasUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Parameter of Aspect
  • Authors C.S. Smith
  • Series Title Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-4657-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-7923-4659-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-5606-6
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XIX, 353
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Grammar
    Theoretical Linguistics
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"The book is well organized and easy to follow. In conclusion this work is an important contribution to the study of aspect. The first edition of the book became one of the basic works on aspect, cited by many and used as a textbook by some. I believe this edition will gain the same respect."
(Pragmatics & Cognition, 8:2 (2000)