Appreciate the 'atelic
' instead: the journey instead of the objective, the process instead of the goal.
While einkaufen constitutes a telic verb, shoppen is inherently atelic
although a transitive, telic use is not generally precluded (e.g.
Though I cannot explore this proposal in detail, I think that Ki-eran Setiya is correct in arguing that the best response to one kind of midlife crisis is the adoption of "atelic
" ends--or atelic
orientations toward some of our activities.
Sekula's paintings from the 1940s and early '50s capture the atelic
and experimental quality of this transitional period in American modernism, flowing from geometric to biomorphic abstraction to automatic writing and gestural painting.
High quality contexts would be those that included reference to the less prototypical atelic
situations, states, and activities.
According to this hypothesis, the Spanish Progressive forms should be associated with atelic
and imperfect dynamic structures in so far as the -ndo denotes a process, which develops at a determined moment, but which lacks a beginning and end of the event.
The object distributive use underlined by anyad--anyad makes it clear that repeated actions are involved: these are atelic
with respect to the point of narration.
Vendler's activities I take to be an agential genus of the species of atelic
In contrast to telic verbs, atelic
verbs can be interpreted only as imperfective even when they are used in construction with time adverbials.