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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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How can we distinguish activity and semelfactive in terms of lexical aspect?

Since both of them are atelic, dynamic, not durative, then how to distinguish them?
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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 https://english.stackexchange.com/q/289903/129806. 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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