Lexical Aspect in Persian Deadjectival Complex Predicates

Document Type : Research Paper


Professor of General Linguistics, University of Tehran


In this paper, we will study the lexical aspect in Persian deadjectival complex predicates. Hence, we firstly review different kinds of aspect. Then, we will succinctly review three common viewpoints in the study of aspect in Persian complex predicates. According to the first viewpoint, light verbs play the major role in the telicity of the complex verbs; the second considers preverb to be determinant and regards all of the deadjectival complex predicates to be telic; and finally, the third viewpoint, although pointing out to the non-homogeneity of  Persian complex predicates, does not provide us with an explanation behind such inconsistency. It is argued in this paper that approaches based on the scalar structure of the verb, in which the lexical properties of the base adjective is considered to be of great importance, stand in a better position in accounting for the aspectual properties of Persian deadjectival complex predicates.


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Volume 8, Issue 1
June 2017
Pages 41-57
  • Receive Date: 12 July 2015
  • Revise Date: 23 July 2015
  • Accept Date: 22 August 2015
  • First Publish Date: 23 August 2017