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Aspect and Reference Time

Olga Borik


This book investigates the temporal structure of language. It deals with central issues in the understanding of tense and aspect, proposes a new approach to the main problems in the area, and seeks to establish the universal semantic properties of two important and contentious aspectual categories: perfectivity and imperfectivity. The book develops an original theory of aspect. It shows how this accounts for aspectual categories in Russian, and that it can used to compare Russian to other languages where similar aspectual issues arise. The book devotes particular attention to English, a langua ... More

Keywords: temporal structure, tense, aspect, perfectivity, imperfectivity, reference time, Russian, English, language, semantics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291298
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291298.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Olga Borik, author
New University of Russia
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