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Aspect and commentary

Tamil aspectual verbs provide commentary about the manner in which an action occurred, especially how it began or ended, whether it was intentional or unintentional, whether it had an effect on the speaker or on someone else, whether it continued, was interrupted, is habitual, and so on. Some of these notions are what have been considered ASPECTUALThis term comes from Russian vid which means `point of view'. in other languages (having to do with the completion or non-completion, the continuity or duration, the manner of inception or completion) but some have little or no relation semantically to classical notions of aspect. These `extended' uses of aspectual verbs sometimes therefore involve value judgments by the speaker about the actions of others, i.e. they indicate what the speaker's attitude about the verbal action in question is.

Vasu Renganathan
Sat Nov 2 21:16:08 EST 1996