Modal and Temporal Aspects of Habituality

Nora Boneh*, Edit Doron

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We argue that habituality is primarily a modal category, which can only indirectly be characterized in aspectual terms, depending on the particular aspectual operators at work in a given language. In languages which do not overtly contrast perfective/imperfective aspect, we identify a habitual form, morphologically and aspectually complex, which characterizes an interval in retrospect by means of an actualized habit holding throughout the interval.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationLexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure
Editors Malka Hovav Rappaport, Edit Doron , Ivy Sichel
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191720536
ISBN (Print)9780199544325
StatePublished - 1 May 2010

Publication series

Name Oxford studies in theoretical linguistics

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Editorial matter and organization Malka Rappaport Hovav, Edit Doron, and Ivy Sichel 2010. © The chapters their several authors 2010. All rights reserved.


  • English
  • Habituality
  • Hebrew
  • Imperfectivity
  • Modality
  • Perspective point
  • Romance
  • Universal perfect
  • Viewpoint aspect


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