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What is iterative aspect?

 

Definition
 

Iterative aspect is an aspect that expresses the repetition of an event or state.

Example (English)
 
  • The English prefix re- expresses iterative aspect:

    rewrite

Example (Hungarian)
 
  • The Hungarian suffix -gel expresses iterative aspect (diacritical markings are not reproduced here):
 
  • nevetgel ‘give a series of laughs’
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    Source:

    Comrie 1985a 343

    Kind
      Here is a kind of iterative aspect:
     
    Generic
      Iterative aspect is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Comrie 1985a 343

     

    Mish 1991 643

     

    Crystal 1985 167


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