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Aspectul verbal în limba bulgară – între teorie şi practică
Verbal aspect in Bulgarian – between theory and practice

Author(s): Mariana Mangiulea Jatop
Subject(s): Morphology, Lexis, South Slavic Languages, 19th Century, Philology
Published by: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti
Keywords: Bulgarian language; morphology; verb; verbal aspect; perfective/imperfective verbs; verbal prefixes; Aktionsart;

Summary/Abstract: The verbal system in Bulgarian is extremely rich and complex, especially when compared to the other Slavic languages. Among its many grammatical categories, the aspect has a special position, as it is viewed as a lexical-grammatical category by the majority of Bulgarian linguists. In the paper we make a brief presentation of the way the aspect is perceived and theorized, from the first Bulgarian grammar (1835) until today, as well as the distinction between the verbal aspect and the verbal action mode (Aktionsart). Teaching the Bulgarian verb to Romanian students requires a special approach, since in Romanian language there is no such category and the Romanian speakers don’t have the necessary linguistic intuition. We propose some solutions, types of exercises in order to help students identify the verbal aspect, clarify the content of the perfective/imperfective aspect, understand and learn the semantics of the verbal prefixes.

  • Issue Year: XLVIII/2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 73-82
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Romanian