[b-hebrew] VERBS

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Wed Jul 27 09:34:07 EDT 2005


On 27/07/2005 14:02, Ken Penner wrote:

>Were the examples below intended as counter-examples to my statements? (They
>are not.)
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Yes, they were intended as such. Please explain why they are not.

>Ken wrote:
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>>>It seems to me that Rolf's example "sing" always has the 
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>>characteristic of
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>>>dynamicity. It is not a state.
>>>Similarly, "sing" and "continue" always have durativity. 
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>>They can never be
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>>>instantaneous.
>>>And "create" has telicity. There is an inherent end to the activity.
>>>It seems to me that these "lexical aspects" are uncancellable.
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>Peter responded:
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>>"All singing, all dancing" as a description of a product (e.g. 
>>http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News/Details.aspx?NewsId=13356)?
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>>"'Is that true?" he asked. 'No', he continued"? (OK, it takes 
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>>time to utter even the short word "No", but very few of even the most 
>>punctiliar verbs are actually strictly instantaneous.)
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>>"She is always creating a fuss"?
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>>Such colloquial usages often bend these kinds of Aktionsart rules.
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