Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Perfective Aspect

Definition: 

Perfective aspect is an aspect that expresses a temporal view of an event or state as a simple whole, apart from the consideration of the internal structure of the time in which it occurs.

Examples: 

(English)

He walked there.

This type of construction expresses a temporal view of walk distinct from those expressed in the following constructions:

  • He was walking there.
  • He used to walk there.