Development of Tense and Aspect Systems
| University of Heidelberg
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Linguistic construal of time lies at the center of language and language use; it is also one of the cognitive foundations of culture. The focus of the papers in this volume is on historical developments of genetically different aspect and tense systems across continents, with contributions on the Sogeram languages of Papua New Guinea, the Arandic languages of Australia, Kisikongo Bantu, and Japanese. In addition, two prototypical Indo-European tense-aspect systems, those of Vedic and Latin, are analyzed in a comparative perspective. Across language groups and continents, the general principles revealed by the studies presented here contribute towards a novel and deepening understanding of tense and aspect. They contribute not only to modelling and theory, but also to a better understanding of processes in individual languages.
Originally published as special issue of the Journal of Historical Linguistics 10:2 (2020).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 123] Expected August 2022. v, 198 pp. + index
Publishing status: In production
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Table of Contents
IntroductionJadranka Gvozdanović | pp. 1–19
The history of tense and aspect in the Sogeram familyDon Daniels | pp. 21–61
Development of aspect markers in Arandic languages, with notes on associated motionHarold Koch | pp. 63–103
Kisikongo (Bantu, H16a) present-future isomorphismSebastian Dom, Gilles-Maurice de Schryver and Koen Bostoen | pp. 105–142
Historical change in the Japanese tense-aspect systemHeiko Narrog | pp. 143–178
Continuity and change in the aspect systems of Vedic and LatinEystein Dahl | pp. 179–196