Delimitative aspect

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The delimitative aspect is a grammatical construct that indicates that a situation lasts only a certain amount of time.[1] It is sometimes called durative aspect. Polish: stałem i gadałem - "I stood and chatted" compared with postałem i pogadałem = "I stood and chatted for a while" (the prefix po- marking the delimitative aspect in this example).

Delimitative aspect in Chinese is often marked by reduplication of the verb. For details see Chinese grammar → Aspects.


  1. Stephen Dickey. 2007. "A prototype account of the development of delimitative po- in Russian". In Dagmar Divjak and Agata Kochańska, Cognitive Paths into the Slavic Domain, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, pp. 329–373.

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