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date: 21 March 2019

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All natural languages—whether or not they have a designated grammatical category conventionally referred to as “progressive” or “continuous”—can convey the idea that an event is progressing dynamically over a timeframe opened up by an utterance. This timeframe is variously known as the “event frame,” the “contextual occasion,” the “focalization point,” or the “topic time.” Periphrastic constructions will be included in the category of progressives if they display a medium-to-high degree of grammaticalization and routinization. Even in languages with fully grammaticalized progressives, there is no tidy correspondence between progressive aspectuality (as a semantic notion) and the progressive aspect (as a grammatical category). Closely related to the progressive is the continuous aspect.

Keywords: progressives, continuous aspect, event frame, timeframe, grammaticalization, routinization, progressive aspectuality, progressive aspect

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