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The Co-occurrence of VRC and Progressive Aspect - Based on Aspectual Contour and Aspectual Construals

Oh Youjeong 1

1고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

Verb-Resultative compound(VRC),which has an end-point and has no progress phase, is generally considered to be an achievement type according to Vendler(1967)’s 4-situation aspectual types, and only can co-occur with perfective viewpoint aspect, not with imperfective viewpoint aspect. However, there are various examples that VRC co-occurs with imperfective aspect, especially with ZhengZai(正在), Zai(在). Croft(2012) considers that situation aspectual type of a predicate is not fixed, but possesses the potential to be conceptualized as several aspectual types, in other words, an aspectual type is just one of the aspectual construals. The two/three-dimensional phasal analysis, which consists of Time(T) dimension and Qualitative states(Q) dimension(and causal chain), shows the foundation of aspectual construals of different situation aspectual types. An aspectual construal is confirmed through the composition at verb-level, verb phrase-level, clause-level. Therefore, achievement which is considered as the aspectual type of VRC, is only just an aspectual construal at the verb-level, and it can be changed to other types at further levels. These operations at different levels cause a sentence which has VRC as a verb to co-occur with different viewpoint aspect, including progressive aspect ZhengZai, Zai.

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