Date: Thu, 27 Jun 1996 15:40:50 -0400

From: "Bethany K. Dumas" dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTK.EDU

Subject: Uses of the Progressive Aspect

The Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (CGEL) discusses uses

of the progressive aspect and says, among other things, that use of the

past progressive may suggest either politeness (particularly when

combined with the attitudinal past tense) or casualness of conversational

intent (as opposed to purposeful discussion) (pp. 209-210). I am seeking

published research (or research in progress) discussing these uses of the

past progressive in American English.


Bethany Dumas

Bethany K. Dumas, J.D., Ph.D. Applied Linguistics, Language & Law

Department of English EMAIL: dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

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