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What is experiential perfect aspect?



Experiential perfect aspect is a grammaticalization of the current relevance, at the moment of utterance, of an event or state that occurred prior to the moment of utterance. The event or state is expressed as an experience which happened at least once, without respect to a particular location in time, and which is repeatable.

Examples (English)
  • Bill has been to America.

    This example contrasts with the following sentence, which is an example of perfect of result aspect:

  • Bill has gone to America.

    Comrie 1976a 58

      Experiential perfect aspect is a kind of

    Comrie 1976a 58–59


    Dahl 1985 141–142

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