Tense and Aspect in Indo-European Languages

Theory, typology, diachrony

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This monograph presents a general picture of the evolution of IE verbal systems within a coherent cognitive framework. The work encompasses all the language families of the IE phylum, from prehistory to present day languages.
Inspired by the ideas of Roman Jakobson and Gustave Guillaume the authors relate tense and aspect to underlying cognitive processes, and show that verbal systems have a staged development of time representations (chronogenesis). They view linguistic change as systemic and trace the evolution of the earliest tense systems by (a) aspectual split and (b) aspectual merger from the original aspectual contrasts of PIE, the evidence for such systemic change showing clearly in the paradigmatic morphology of the daughter languages.
The nineteen chapters cover first the ancient documentation, then those families whose historical data are from a more recent date. The last chapters deal with the systemic evolution of languages that are descended from ancient forbears such as Sanskrit, Greek, and Latin, and are completed by a chapter on the practical and theoretical conclusions of the work.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 145]  1997.  xii, 403 pp.
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Table of Contents
Authors' Preface
v
List of Abbreviations
xi
Chapter 1: Tense and Aspect: Description and Theory
John Hewson
1
Section A: Languages with the original three-aspect system
Chapter 2: The Verbal System of Ancient Greek
John Hewson
24
Chapter 3: The Verbal System of Vedic and Classical Sanskrit
Vit Bubenik
46
Section B: Languages with the original present - aorist system and innovative perfect
Chapter 4: The Verbal System of Classical Armenian
Vit Bubenik
67
Chapter 5: The Verbal System of Old Church Slavic
Vit Bubenik
82
Chapter 6: The Verbal System of Albanian
Vit Bubenik
103
Chapter 7: The Verbal System of Tocharian
Vit Bubenik
125
Section C: Languages with a three-tense system
Chapter 8: Tense and Aspect in Baltic
John Hewson
142
Chapter 9: Tense and Aspect in Celtic
John Hewson
165
Chapter 10: The Latin Verbal System
John Hewson
189
Section D: Languages which merged the original aorist and perfect into the preterit
Chapter 11: The Verbal System of Germanic (Gothic, Old English)
John Hewson
209
Chapter 12: The Verbal System of Anatolian (Hittite)
Vit Bubenik
229
Section E: Later Developments
Chapter 13: From Ancient to Modern Greek
Vit Bubenik
249
Chapter 14: Development of Modern Indic Tense-Aspect System
Vit Bubenik
265
Chapter 15: Development of Modern Slavic Tense-Aspect System
Vit Bubenik
283
Chapter 16: Development of Modern Iranian Tense-Aspect System
Vit Bubenik
304
Chapter 17: From Latin to Modern Romance
John Hewson
314
Chapter 18: Tense and Aspect in Modern Germanic
John Hewson
331
Chapter 19: Conclusions
John Hewson and Vit Bubenik
351
Appendices
365
References
374
Indexes
390
“The Scholarship displayed is impressive, and the book, with its masses of data, should serve usefully for many years both as a reference work and as a bibliographical guide.”
“[A] brilliantly detailed survey of the development of tense and verbal aspect systems in just about every branch of the Indo-European language family and over almost all of its four millenia of recorded history.”
“[A] useful reference book for the older tense-aspect systems of the Indo-European languages.”
“The book holds much of interest for the general Indo-Europeanist and theoretician alike, and will certainly find service as an important reference work.”
“This is an important study, both for the conceptual framework it proposes for the analysis of tense and aspect and for the wealth of data it discusses.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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