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1. The definition of ‘aspect’

Aspect is a semantic category of a verb or proposition which describes the internal consistency of a verbal event. That is, it describes the event as either being a complete whole, an incomplete, ongoing process, or a state of some sort. Like time reference with which it interacts in important ways, it may be grammaticalized in morphological verb forms, or through compound verb forms, which may enter into quasi-morphol…

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John C. Eisele, “Aspect”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0029>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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