beginning in the imperfective

From: Mari Broman Olsen (
Date: Mon Aug 11 1997 - 09:35:53 EDT

Rolf writes:

There has been some exchange of opinion between Rod, Mari and myself
regarding the definition of imperfectivity/perfectivity. Particularly
is there disagreement whether or not the beginning of an event may be
included in the imperfective aspect.

As I tried to make clear in previous messages, I allow the beginning
to be included (but not require it, hence whether it is or not is
pragmatic, rather than semantic). Exclusion of the beginning is one
of the weak points of Carlota Smith's (The Parameter of Aspect, 1991)


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