Aspect as a Scanning Device in Natural Language Processing: The Case of Arabic

Patard, Adeline and Brisard, Frank (eds.), 2011, Cognitive Approaches to Tense, Aspect, and Epistemic Modality, 181-213

34 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2013

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Lazhar Zanned

University of Manouba - Faculty of Arts, Literatures and Humanities

Date Written: June 26, 2011

Abstract

This paper investigates the claim that aspect is a verbal device for constructing mental images of processes and these aspectual values correspond to the way(s) a process is profiled in different scanning modes: summary vs. sequential scanning and monosequential vs. polysequential scanning. This occurs through other cognitive abilities, such as chaining, scope of awareness, and zooming ((in) and (out)). The analysis is based on data from Standard Arabic. The study proceeds by presenting an overview of the aspectual system in Arabic and investigating the different facets involved: aspect as an image-building tool, aspect as a scanning device, scanning modes in Arabic (summary scanning, monosequential scanning, polysequential scanning) and, finally, scope of awareness and the process of zooming in aspectual representation.

Keywords: summary vs. sequential scanning, monosequential vs. polysequential scanning, chaining, scope of awareness, zooming, Cognitive Grammar, aspect, Arabic

Suggested Citation

Zanned, Lazhar, Aspect as a Scanning Device in Natural Language Processing: The Case of Arabic (June 26, 2011). Patard, Adeline and Brisard, Frank (eds.), 2011, Cognitive Approaches to Tense, Aspect, and Epistemic Modality, 181-213. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2345631

Lazhar Zanned (Contact Author)

University of Manouba - Faculty of Arts, Literatures and Humanities ( email )

University of Manouba
Manouba, Manouba 2010
Tunisia

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