peterkirk at qaya.org
Wed Jul 27 08:53:31 EDT 2005
On 27/07/2005 13:04, Ken Penner wrote:
>>>3) Verbs where the characteristic cannot be blotted out by
>>However, I remain sceptical that there are any verbs or other
>>group 3, in any language.
>It seems to me that Rolf's example "sing" always has the characteristic of
>dynamicity. It is not a state.
>Similarly, "sing" and "continue" always have durativity. They can never be
>And "create" has telicity. There is an inherent end to the activity.
>It seems to me that these "lexical aspects" are uncancellable.
"All singing, all dancing" as a description of a product (e.g.
"'Is that true?" he asked. 'No', he continued"? (OK, it takes a finite
time to utter even the short word "No", but very few of even the most
punctiliar verbs are actually strictly instantaneous.)
"She is always creating a fuss"?
Such colloquial usages often bend these kinds of Aktionsart rules.
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