On aspect, aspectual domain and quantification in Finnish and Udmurt

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This article is a case study on quantification and aspectual domain and aspect in Finnish and Udmurt. The principal data consists of examples collected from various sentence types of Finnish and Udmurt in which derivation of verbs is used in changing the grammatical structures of sentences. Derivational affixes are operators which correspond to underlying semantic primitives. Changes in verbal semantics have an influence on quantification and closure of aspect. It will be shown that lexical means are used in changing the argument structure, and that the border between lexical and grammatical means used in marking aspect and quantification is vague.


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