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What is aspect?

 

Definition
 

Aspect is a grammatical category associated with verbs that expresses a temporal view of the event or state expressed by the verb.

Discussion
 

Aspect is often indicated by verbal affixes or auxiliary verbs.

Example (English)
 
  • He is talking.
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    The be + -ing construction expresses progressive aspect.

    Kinds
      Here are some kinds of aspect:
     
    Generic
      Aspect is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Lyons 1977b 705

     

    Chung and Timberlake 1985 213

     

    Talmy 1985 77

     

    Elson and Pickett 1988 26–27

     

    Comrie 1976a 3

     

    Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 188

     

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 20

     

    Crystal 1987 415

     

    Mish 1991 108


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