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Comparative (Slavic) Verbal Aspect

Slavic verbal aspect is unique in the world. Each sentential utterance requires an aspect choice for almost every verb form, finite and infinite alike. The semantics underlying that choice differ per Slavic language: an important part is played by lexical semantic restrictions and especially the feature terminativity.

Key objectives

  • establish the commonalities and differences between individual Slavic languages;
  • use and develop the Amsterdam Slavic Parallel Aligned Corpus;
  • special focus: taxis-constructions and aspect choice;
  • special focus: lexical restrictions (asp. action types);
  • special focus: the historical development of Slavic verbal aspect.


Our group meets every week on Friday afternoon (except on holidays). Updates on ongoing research are exchanged and discussions are lively.

Coordinator and group members

Coordinator: René Genis

Members: Adriaan A. Barentsen, Magda van Duikeren-Hrabová, Egbert Fortuin, Janneke Kalsbeek, Jaap Kamphuis, Paula Kyselica, Radovan Lučić.