The eight articles in this volume reexamine the syntactic and semantic
analyses of aspect that have been proposed mainly on the basis of
aspectual expressions in English. The authors contrast expressions
sharing an analogous morpho-syntactic make-up and some core
distributional and semantic properties, drawing on a wide range of
new empirical data from languages as diverse as Syrian Arabic, Urdu,
Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Indonesian, and German. The papers
address four aspect-related problems in particular: the grammatical
and semantic constraints on the different readings of the present
perfect, the semantic and syntactic analysis of auxiliaries, the
impact of adverbial expressions on the aspectual properties of the
sentence, and morphology-semantics mapping.
Patricia Cabredo Hofherr is a researcher at the Centre national de la
recherche scientifique in Paris. Brenda Laca is professor of
linguistics at the Université Paris VIII.