pennerkm at mcmaster.ca
Wed Jul 27 09:02:25 EDT 2005
Were the examples below intended as counter-examples to my statements? (They
> >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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