Grammar And Context 2013

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The aspects of aspect

The aspects of aspect

Organizers: Tuomas Huumo (Turku, Tartu), Gábor Tolcsvai Nagy (Budapest, Nyitra)

Language: English

The theme session is planned to discuss the questions of aspect in Uralic (Finno-Ugric) languages. The theoretical framework of the theme session is functional cognitive linguistics.

The main questions are: how aspect is construed (with semantic, syntactic and pragmatic factors, their functions and interplay), what are the main functional variables within one language, what are the similarities and differences between the Uralic (Finno-Ugric) languages.

What new, unknown phenomena are found out? Are there joint characteristics in construing and expressing aspect, or do the genetically related languages use diverse means for aspect?

What are the recent results in research work, concerning description, methodology, as well as theoretical framework?

Specific topics to be treated in relation to aspect, among others (to be completed by the topics of the participants of the theme session):

  • the inherent temporality of the verb;
  • the nominal aspect;
  • delimitative adverbials;
  • the complex (composite) verbal structures.

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Theme session program:

June 8
9.30-10.00      Gábor Tolcsvai Nagy Temporal factors of verbal aspect in Hungarian
10.00-10.30    Tuomas Huumo Temporal frames of reference and the function of                           delimitatives in Finnish
10.30-11.00    Edit Takacs The construal of aspect – The interplay of boundedness and                           transitivity in Hungarian

11.00-11.30    Coffee break

11.30-12.00    Helena Metslang On aspect’s place in the Estonian differential argument                           marking system
12.00-12.30    Mari Siiroinen Different conceptualizations in expressing “X becomes Y”                           in Finnish
12.30-13.00    Tiina Onikki-Rantajääskö Constructions of continuous aspect in Finnish:                           Contextual comparison

13.00-14.30    Lunch

14.30-15.00    Salla Nurminen Path-windowing in texts