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Aspectual competition and iterative contexts in contemporary Upper Sorbian

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dc.contributor.author Toops, Gary H.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-26T21:18:19Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-26T21:18:19Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.citation Toops, Gary H. 2001. Aspectual competition and iterative contexts in contemporary Upper Sorbian. Journal of Slavic Lingustics, 9(1), p.127-154. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1543-0391
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10057/3514
dc.description.abstract In Upper Sorbian, as in the other contemporary West Slavic languages, iterative/ habitual actions (acts or events) can be expressed by both imperfective and perfective verbs. Aspectual competition in iterative contexts is therefore complete. Based on the results of a questionnaire that incorporated a variety of iterative contexts and that was administered to native speakers of Upper Sorbian in July-August 2000, the article demonstrates that a number of lexical, stylistic, and morphosemantic factors condition aspect selection by today's native speakers of Upper Sorbian. This is shown to hold true across generational lines, whether today's speakers of Upper Sorbian instantiate verbal aspect as a strict imperfective-perfective opposition; or whether-in the case of prefixed verbs and their stem-suffixed (formerly imperfective) counterparts-they instantiate a quasi-aspectual indeterminate-determinate opposition. The article thus counters claims made by some Slavists that verbal aspect in contemporary Upper Sorbian is obsolete, functionally restricted, or subordinate to other grammatical categories such as tense. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Slavica Publishers en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Slavic Linguistics;v.9, no.1
dc.subject Upper Sorbian language --Verb en_US
dc.title Aspectual competition and iterative contexts in contemporary Upper Sorbian en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Peer reviewed

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