I am searching for a good book on different aspects, which would include different types of aspects, not just perfective and imperfective, but deductive, inferential, retrospective, inceptive and many others. I would be very happy if anyone has any suggestions.

  • Have you seen Binnick 2001? utsc.utoronto.ca/~binnick/old%20tense/List.pdf If I were you, I would start with Comrie 1987 or The Oxford Handbook of Tense and Aspect oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/…
    – Alex B.
    May 2, 2014 at 21:29
  • Thank's a lot. I've read a lot of litreature on aspect as a general topic. In most of the books and articles authors are talking about perfective, Imperfective, habitual, zero and sometimes progressive aspects. Comrie is also one of them, but I do not reject the fact that it is the best book to start. I have scanned the Oxford hand book if tense and aspect too and it also looked as it is more general than specific. What I am searching for is more specific or may be it is better to say rare in studies. I am looking for such aspects as inceptive, completive, types of inferential aspects and so
    – Dariya
    May 6, 2014 at 22:51
  • There are a lot of aspect types in Cinque's tree. I am interested in them, but I couldn't find sources except of the Cinque's book.
    – Dariya
    May 6, 2014 at 22:53
  • This is too broad because it is a list question.
    – curiousdannii
    Dec 12, 2014 at 0:57

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Specifically on aspect, Comrie's 1987 Aspect, 3rd printing,
in the Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics series.

To fit aspect into the framework of the rest of linguistic semantics, Frawley's 1992 Linguistic Semantics,
from Erlbaum. Here's

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    imho Frawley 1992 is the best textbook on semantics.
    – Alex B.
    May 2, 2014 at 21:51
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    I agree. I also used Foley, Anthropological Linguistics, to give a different viewpoint on roughly the same facts and see how pragmatics and cultural matters fit in.
    – jlawler
    May 2, 2014 at 23:50
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    This is a syllabus, with references, from the last time I taught the course at Michigan (ten years ago, as it happens). It was a senior-level course - Linguistics 420 'Word and Metaphor' - and normally only linguistics majors and the odd logician took it.
    – jlawler
    May 5, 2014 at 0:23

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