Cognitive linguistics; grammatical category of aspect; linguistic picture of the world
Neophilologica, Iss. 30 (2018), s. 229-242
This paper is an attempt to present different ways of conceptualizing the past in languages: Polish,
Italian and English, based on the analysis of the role of the verbal aspect in the creation of the
linguistic picture of the past actions in these three languages.
However, the notion of verbal aspect appears in the grammars of all three analyzed languages,
the same contexts are not always represented linguistically by the same verb form regarding the
aspect. In this work we try to find the differences in conceiving the past seen from different perspectives,
thus creating different pictures of the world.