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date: 23 January 2021

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Numerous scholars have noticed that morphological case is connected to so-called lexical/semantic aspectual features such as telicity and/or so-called grammatical/morphological aspectual features like boundedness. This article shows that morphological case is, in many languages, aspectually relevant. After addressing the link between case and both types of aspect in a number of languages (for example, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, and Russian), it explores the connection between case on noun phrases and grammatical aspect in the history of German and a number of ergative-absolutive languages (Warlpiri and Hindi), and also the link between case on adverbial phrases and grammatical aspect in Inari Saami, Finnish, and Russian. The article then focuses on connections between case and lexical aspect in Latin, Classical Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Manambu, and the Slavic languages.

Keywords: morphological case, aspect, noun phrases, grammatical aspect, ergative-absolutive languages, adverbial phrases, lexical aspect, Slavic languages

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