ERIC Number: ED061793
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
A Description of the Functional System of the Spanish Verb.
McDougall, D. C.
The discussion of Spanish verbs considers the problems of tense and aspect. Two tenses are used in the description: past and non-past. The past tense is considered the marked member and the non-past the unmarked member. Aspect is considered in terms of "telic" verbs which express an action tending towards a goal, and "atelic" verbs which do not have to wait for a goal for their realization, but are realized as soon as they begin. The author provides examples of verbs with these classifications in mind and demonstrates how tense and aspect help form the meaning of the verbs. (VM)
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Authoring Institution: Pacific Northwest Conference on Foreign Languages, Portland, OR.
Note: In "Proceedings of the Pacific Northwest Conference on Foreign Languages," Twenty-Second Annual Meeting, Boise, Idaho, April 16-17, 1971, p246-256