Tense-Aspect Constructions in English Clauses vs. Polish Renditions in View of Conceptual Semantics and Pragmatics

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The monograph deals with the tense-aspect constructions in English clauses and their Polish renditions in view of conceptual semantics and pragmatics. The accurate explanations of the differences between the grammatical and lexical aspects of situations described in the selected English sentences and their translatable Polish versions are thoroughly presented by the author. The differences concern in particular the perfect and the progressive aspects in English and the lack of corresponding aspects in Polish. That is why Polish has to transfer relevant English constructions grammatically.


prof. PhDr. Eva Malá, CSc., Book Review Report


Autor: Dorota Chłopek

ISBN   978-83-8183-036-2
Wymiary  160x235 mm
Liczba stron 270
Rok wydania  2020

The author’s excellent feeling for this extremely difficult topic of linguistics must be highlighted here. In spite of the fact that the author is a non-native English speaker she has much practical expertise in the research of linguistic phenomena presented in both of the studied languages.

prof. PhDr. Eva Malá, CSc., Book Review Report


The book is a valuable source of comparative study of English TA constructions and their counterparts in Polish language for experts in comparative linguistics as well as for Polish learners of English as a foreign language.


prof. Zdenka Gadušová, PhD., Manuscript Review

Table of contents

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Chapter 1: Cognitive Linguistics vs. Functional Linguistics – Selected Issues

1.1 A Symbolic Assembly as a Linguistic Construction in Cognitive Grammar

1.2 Cognitive Semantics as Encyclopedic Semantics in CL – Selected Issues

1.3 Conceptual Semantics in CL – Selected Constructs and Theories

1.3.1 Conceptual Frames

1.3.2 Cognitive Domains 1.3.3 Mental Spaces

1.3.4 Image Schemas

1.3.5 Conceptual Metaphor in Relation to the CONTAINER-Schema and the PATH-Schema

1.3.6 Conceptual Blending Theory – Basic Aspects

1.3.7 Verb Satellites as Path-elements in the Bi-categorial Typology of Languages

1.3.8 Outline

1.4 Cognitive Linguistics vs. Functional Linguistics: Selected Issues

1.5 Linguistic Corpus as a Connecting ‘Methodological Tool’ between CL and FnL

1.5.1 Selected Definitions of Linguistic Corpus in FnL

1.5.2 Corpus Linguistics – Corpus-Based and Corpus-Driven Research

1.5.3 Outline

Chapter 2: Grammar and Semantics of English TA Constructions

2.1 Tense and Temporality in English

2.1.1 Tense – preliminaries

2.1.2 Tense vs. temporality and the two levels of Wada’s ‘Compositional Tense Theory’

2.1.3 Absolute tense vs. relative tense in English

2.1.4 On selected distinctions within English tenses

2.1.5 On the ‘twelve tenses’ in Reichenbach (1947)

2.1.6 Tense/(Aspect): English vs. Polish

2.1.7 Outline

2.2 Aspect vs. Aspectuality

2.2.1 Grammatical Aspect

2.2.2 Lexical Aspect

2.2.3 Lexical Aspect with Reference to Croft’s Classification 2.2.4 Viewpoint Aspect in English vs. Polish

2.2.5 Polish Verb Prefixes and English Verb Particles as Satellites in the Motion Event

2.2.6 Lexical Aspect in Path-satellites: English Verb Particles vs. Polish Verb Prefixes

2.2.7 Determinate verbs vs. Indeterminate verbs in Polish

2.3 Polish Verb Prefixes and Other Derivatives (based on H. Wróbel, 1999; 2001)

2.3.1 Prefixed Derivatives

2.3.2 Inflectional Derivatives and Minus-Postfixal Derivatives

2.3.3 Prefix Formants as Aspectual Derivatives

2.4 Tense-Aspect Constructions in English vs. Polish – Outline

Chapter 3: ‘TA’ Constructions in English Clauses Expressed in Polish: The Case Study

3.1 Perfective (Past) and Perfect Aspects

3.1.1 Past-Perfective Situations

3.1.2 Present-Perfect Situations

3.1.3 Past-Perfect Situations

3.2 Progressive Aspect

3.2.1 Present-Progressive Activities

3.2.2 Past-Progressive Activities

3.2.3 Past-Progressive Statives

3.3 Perfect-Progressive Aspects

3.3.1 Present Perfect-Progressive Activities

3.3.2 Past Perfect-Progressive Activities

3.3.3 Inactive Perfect-Progressive Activities and Statives

3.4 Imperfective Nonprogressive Situations

3.4.1 Habitual and Characteristic Activities

3.4.2 Present Statives

3.5. Outline




Internet sources

Doctoral dissertations

Selected works cited in other sources

Power-Point presentations

The dictionaries used

The sources of the examples cited in Chapter 3

Author Index