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 and Cognition, 15 (1). pp. 91-114. ISSN 1569-9943

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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.

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Journal Article
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Pragmatics and Cognition
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RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Linguistics
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3926
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Deposited On:
05 Mar 2008 14:47
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Yes
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Published
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