Imperfective and simple present distinction

Elisa Roma e Antonio Tarallo frisella at IOL.IT
Mon Jun 30 18:37:34 UTC 2008

Perhaps the Irish distinction between habitual present bí 'is (usually)' vs. 
non-habitual tá 'is (now)' comes close to a distinction between an 
imperfective and a general present (the second one is used also with 
adjectives). This morphological distinction applies only to this verb 'to 
be' (as distinct from the copula), a typical stative verb, which expresses 
many stative predicates in combination with prepositional phrases (e.g. 'I 
know the man' would be something like 'there's acquaintance of the man by 
Elisa Roma
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kazuha Watanabe" <kw69 at CORNELL.EDU>
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 6:25 AM
Subject: Imperfective and simple present distinction

> Dear all,
>  I am looking for a language which distinguish imperfective and simple
> present (in present tense or non-past tense).  I am especially
> interested in distinction in stative situations (such as 'I am tall' or
> I know the man') It seems that this sort of distinction is more common
> in past tense (i.e., past imperfective vs. plain past tense form/general
> past tense), but not so common in present tense (or non-past)
>  Thank you for your help!
> Kazuha Watanabe

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