Anatomy of the Verb: the Gothic Verb as a Model for a Unified Theory of Aspect, Actional Types and Verbal Velocity: Part I: Theory. Part II: Applicati
By: Albert L. Lloyd (author)Hardback
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The continuing debate over the existence or non-existence of formal verbal aspect in Gothic triggered the author to write this monograph whose aim is to provide a completely new foundation for a theory of aspect and related features. Gothic, with its limited corpus, representing a translation of the Greek, and showing interesting parallels with Slavic verbal constructions, serves and an illustrative model for the theory. In Part I the author argues that a unified theory of aspect, actional types, and verbal velocity presented there possesses an internal logic and is not at variance with observed facts in various Indo-European languages. In Part II an analysis is presented of the Gothic verb system which seeks to explain the much-disputed function of ga- and to solve the problem of Gothic aspect and actional types which does no violence either to the Gothic text or the Greek original.
1. Preface; 2. Abbreviations; 3. Introduction; 4. Part I. Theory; 5. I. Language and Reality; 6. II. Predicational Bidimensionality; 7. III. Multipartite Actions and the Pulse Theory of Actional Energy; 8. IV. Verbal Velocities and the Classification of Verbs; 9. V. Predicational Time and the Present; 10. VI. Non-Present Actions and Aspect; 11. Excursus: Duration and Aspect; 12. VII. Aspectual Contrasts; 13. Excursus: The Historical Present; 14. VIII. Actional Types and Partial Actions; 15. IX. Multiple Actions; 16. X. The Perfect; 17. XI. Aspect and Predicational Types; 18. XII. Summary; 19. Part II. Application: The Gothic Verb; 20. I. The Use of Gothic Aspect: Conditioning Factors; 21. 1. Gothic, Greek, and Slavic; 22. 2. Tense; 23. 3. Imperatives and Subjunctives of Command; 24. 4. Participles; 25. 5. Passive Voice; 26. 6. Negative Reports; 27. II. Aspect and Predicational Types in Gothic; 28. 1. Punctuals; 29. 2. Strong Processives; 30. 3. Moderate Processives; 31. 4. Weak Processives; 32. 5. Statals; 33. 6. Multiple Type Verbs; 34. 7. Problems and Special Cases; 35. III. Gothic Point-Oriented Compounds; 36. Afterword; 37. Bibliography; 38. Index of Gothic Verbs; 39. General Index
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