Date: Thu, 27 Jun 1996 15:40:50 -0400 From: "Bethany K. Dumas" 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. Thanks, Bethany Dumas Bethany K. Dumas, J.D., Ph.D. Applied Linguistics, Language & Law Department of English EMAIL: dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 415 McClung Tower (423) 974-6965, (423) 974-6926 (FAX) University of Tennessee Editor, Language in the Judicial Process Knoxville, TN 37996-0430 USA