[b-hebrew] b-hebrew Uncancellable meaning and Hebrew verbs
furuli at online.no
Tue Jul 7 04:12:58 EDT 2009
My definition of the perfective and imperfective aspects are based on
the relationship I found between reference time and event time in BH,
as outlined in my post to JR.
The general definition is: "The imperfective aspect is a close-up
view of a small section of the event where the progressive action is
made visible. The perfective aspect is a view, as if from some
distance of a great part of, or of the whole of the event, where the
progressive action is not made visible." However, this definition
does not reveal the details of the three planes I mentioned in my
post to JR.
In contrast, the English imperfective aspect is defined as
"uncompleted," and the perfective aspect as "completed".
In chapter 8 I list the following list of differences and and
similarities between the aspects:
1. Both aspects make a part of the situation visible.
2. The imperfective aspect make details visible, but not so the perfective one.
3. The imperfective aspect makes a small part visible, but not so the
4. The imperfective aspect can include either beginning or end; the
perfective aspect can include both beginning and end.
5. Both aspects can be bounded and unbounded.
6. The imperfective aspect can make visible a part before the
beginning (conative situations) and a part of a resultatnt state
(resulatative situations), but not so the perfective aspect.
There are many additional details that can be grasped by looking at
University of Oslo
>I don't know what Rolf means by "perfective" and "imperfective" if he
>is using different meanings than what is found in the grammar of such
>as Russian, but that verse is neither perfective nor imperfective as
>the terms are used in Indo-European languages. If you insist on the
>Indo-European definitions, then you have set up a false dilemma
>Back up your so far unsupported statements.
>Karl W. Randolph.
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