perfectives like prygnut’

On a Paradox Revealed by Yu. S. Maslov

Yu. S. Maslov attracted researchers’ attention to the paradox related to the verbs like prygnut’ (jump). These verbs are perceived as instantaneous, punctual and at the same time they go together with the word medlenno (slowly). The author shows that the evidence of linguistic intuition can be reconciled with language data by introducing the seme ‘process of non-standard (short) duration’ and accepting the idea that perfectivity is able to conceal the most essential feature of a process, namely its duration.

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