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Geometrical concepts at the interface of formal and cognitive verbs: Aktionsart, aspect, and the English progressive.

Chilton, P. (2007) Geometrical concepts at the interface of formal and cognitive verbs: Aktionsart, aspect, and the English progressive. Pragmatics & Cognition, 15 (1). pp. 91-114.

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Abstract

The paper has two related aims. One is to outline a proposal for a spatially motivated model of discourse, called Discourse Space Theory. The other is to use this framework to explore, in a relatively formalised way, the spatial basis of the conceptual complexities arising in the uses of the English progressive verb form (be+-ing). The theory utilises an abstract space in three dimensions (time, space and modality). Verb stems are associated with Aktionsart schemas; aspectual forms like the progressive are viewed as operations on these schemas. The proposal is that geometric concepts, specifically coordinate systems and vectors, can provide a motivated formalism for investigating conceptual structures generated by a human discourse processor.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Pragmatics & Cognition
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 3926
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2008 14:47
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:59
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3926

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