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*aktionsart* or *lexical aspect* refers to the inherent temporal structure of verbs, which contrasts with *grammatical aspect*, the context dependent temporal structure of a specific clause

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Is telicity a property of verbs or predicates?

In English, the verb "walk" is atelic. One could in principle walk indefinitely. Fatigue and aging limit the activity, but that fact is not an inherent part of the meaning of the verb. ...
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(A)Telicity & Events

Dowty's (1979) classified predicates into: 1. States 'the woord is burning' ---Atelic 2. Activities 'Mary pushed the cart' ---Atelic 3. Accomplishments 'Mary melted the chocolate' ---Telic 4. ...
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Grammatical Aspect and Lexical Aspect

This is my first question here. I normally participate in ELU. This question was posted yesterday The OP asks why They build a house next to mine. ...
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Uncommon lexical aspects

In Q’eqchi’ you can derive verbs with different lexical aspects from a base verb, e.g: Verbal stem b’ak’ (0) xinb’ak’ = I tied it (1) xinb’ak’b’ak’i = I tied it quickly (2) xinb’ak’le = I tied it ...
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What do you call an activity accomplished by other activities

Is there a term for activities which are only ever accomplished by other activities? If I were to make up a term I'd call them meta-activities. Some examples of what I'm thinking of: teaching - ...
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Aktionsart - "brought"

I'm trying to analyse the verb brought (or bring) in terms of lexical aspect, or aktionsart. More accurately, it's an analysis of the Hungarian verb "hozta" (bring-3sg.pst.def). Would it be telic (...
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Are there any atelic ditransitive verbs (or verb phrases)?

I am wondering if there are any verbs/phrases that qualify both as ditransitive, and as atelic. The following shows the relevant tests. The satisfying verb/phrase should have the same * patterns as ...
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