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What does it mean for a verb to be stative, really?

What makes a verb stative in English? I am not looking for various stativity tests, as these do not guarantee the verb really is stative. For example, no stativity test I have come across can account ...
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Simple/progressive as use/mention

After a few days of pondering I came to the conclusion (which is only my opinion) that the division of the simple and progressive forms in Modern English is akin to the use-mention distinction in ...
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Formal test determining whether a verb is stative

Is there a formal test determining whether a verb is stative? For example, the following predicate looks stative, but it's not: It's Valentine's Day. I have the chocolate, but I'm still missing the ...
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Meta-operational grammar

On the bottom page 6 of this paper, the author starts describing Henri Adamczewski's meta-operational grammar theory. What the author says is complete Latin to me, a complete newbie. Can anyone of ...
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Why does English have progressive aspect but German does not?

In english there are two ways to express a present action: I go I am going However, In German there is really only one way to express a present action: Ich gehe If English is a ...
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PIE Aspect: (Im)perfective or (Non-)progressive?

According to Wikipedia Proto-Indo-European had four tense-aspects, the first being stative and the latter three being eventive: stative aspect, perfective aspect, and past and present tense of ...
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