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Actionality (Aktionsart): Modern Hebrew
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Actionality (also known as Aktionsart) is an aspect of a verb phrase that relates to the way it is structured in relation to time. Actionality should be distinguished from grammatical aspect. The former is an inherent invariant part of an eventuality, which can denote a certain aspectual content according to its semantic value, while the latter relates to a specific verb form.

Vendler (1957) classified verbs in four categories with respect to actionality: state, activity, achievement, and accomplishment (for further discussion see also Comrie 1976; Dowty 1…

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Laks, Lior, “Actionality (Aktionsart): Modern Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 17 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000494>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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