Date: 16-Jul-2009 From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org> Subject: The Development of English Aspectual Systems: Brinton E-mail this message to a friend
Title: The Development of English Aspectual Systems
Subtitle: Aspectualizers and Post-verbal Particles
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 49
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Note: This is the re-issue of a previously published book.
Laurel Brinton's important study of the development of English aspectual systems provides an exceptionally clear and systematic account of an area of syntax and semantics that continues to be the subject of both terminological and notional confusion. Not only has the study of aspect been confused, but the variety of aspectual markers in English has also been unduly neglected. In this book Dr Brinton convincingly demonstrates the need to make clear distinction between 'aspect' and 'aktionsart' and betwen the aspectual meaning of individual forms and the meanings that result from the combination of verbs, auxiliaries, particles, and adverbs, as well as nominal arguments within a sentence. This exceptionally clear account of two sets of aspectual forms points to the coherence and systematicity of aspectual marking in Modern English. The wide range of theoretical issues explored makes this a significant contribution to the synchronic study of aspect and to the diachronic study of language change. The book will undoubtedly have applications cross-linguistically.
1. Aspectual studies in English: trends and problems; 2. The grammatical status and function of aspectualizers in Modern English; 3. The development of aspectualizers in English; 4. Verb particles in Modern English; 5. The development of phrasal verbs in English; 6. Concluding remarks; Appendices; Notes; Reference; Index.