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Vittorio S. Tomelleri, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Dipartimento di Ricerca Linguistica, Letteraria e Filologica

 

Summary

Cross–linguistically, the expression of the aspectual opposition ’Perfective–Imperfective’ by means of preverbs is a quite rare phenomenon; the label ’Sla vic–style aspect’ proposed for this derivational category reflects the fact that the Slavic lan guage family (Russian above all) has, until recently, been the primary source of assumptions and data about as pect. However, similar systems are to be found also in other languages and lan guage families, which can be compared and ar ranged along a scale according to their degree of grammaticalization. The present article is a first attempt to compare and describe typologically some aspectual or aspectual–like features of three languages spoken in the Caucasus, Russian, Georgian and Ossetic; it discusses their beha viour and illustrates some pa ra me ters of variation within this category. Further, the possibility of con tact induced changes is briefly illustrated.


Keywords

aspect; Slavic languages; Caucasian languages

 

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