Tense and Aspect in Indo-European Languages

Theory, typology, diachrony

| Memorial University of Newfoundland
| Memorial University of Newfoundland
ISBN 9789027236494 (Eur) | EUR 130.00
ISBN 9781556198601 (USA) | USD 195.00
ISBN 9789027275974 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
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.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Authors' Preface
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1: Tense and Aspect: Description and Theory
John Hewson
Section A: Languages with the original three-aspect system
Chapter 2: The Verbal System of Ancient Greek
John Hewson
Chapter 3: The Verbal System of Vedic and Classical Sanskrit
Vit Bubenik
Section B: Languages with the original present - aorist system and innovative perfect
Chapter 4: The Verbal System of Classical Armenian
Vit Bubenik
Chapter 5: The Verbal System of Old Church Slavic
Vit Bubenik
Chapter 6: The Verbal System of Albanian
Vit Bubenik
Chapter 7: The Verbal System of Tocharian
Vit Bubenik
Section C: Languages with a three-tense system
Chapter 8: Tense and Aspect in Baltic
John Hewson
Chapter 9: Tense and Aspect in Celtic
John Hewson
Chapter 10: The Latin Verbal System
John Hewson
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
Chapter 12: The Verbal System of Anatolian (Hittite)
Vit Bubenik
Section E: Later Developments
Chapter 13: From Ancient to Modern Greek
Vit Bubenik
Chapter 14: Development of Modern Indic Tense-Aspect System
Vit Bubenik
Chapter 15: Development of Modern Slavic Tense-Aspect System
Vit Bubenik
Chapter 16: Development of Modern Iranian Tense-Aspect System
Vit Bubenik
Chapter 17: From Latin to Modern Romance
John Hewson
Chapter 18: Tense and Aspect in Modern Germanic
John Hewson
Chapter 19: Conclusions
John Hewson and Vit Bubenik
“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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