Tense-Aspect

Between semantics & pragmatics

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The verbal categories of tense and aspect have been studied traditionally from the point of view of their reference to the timing and time-perspective of the speaker’s reported experience. They are universal categories both in terms of the semantic-functional domain they cover as well as in terms of their syntactic and morphological realization. Nevertheless, their treatment in contemporary linguistics is often restricted and narrow based, often involving mere recapitulatoin of traditional semantic and morphotactic studies.
The present volume arises out of a symposium held at UCLA in May 1979, in which a group of linguists gathered to re-open the subject of tense-and-aspect from a variety of perspectives, including — in addition to the traditional semantics — also discourse-pragmatics, psycholinguistics, child language, Creolization and diachronic change. The languages discussed in this volume include Russian, Turkish, English, Indonesian, Ameslan, Eskimo, various Creoles, Mandari, Hebrew, Bantu and others. The emphasis throughout is not only on the description of language-specific tense-aspect phenomenon, but more on the search for universal categories and principles which underlie the cross-language variety of tense and aspect. In particular, many of the participants address themselves to the relationship between propositional-semantics and discourse-pragmatics, in so far as these two functional domains interact within tense-aspect systems.
[Typological Studies in Language, 1]  1982.  ix, 350 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
T. Givón
v
Preface
Paul J. Hopper
vii
I. Tense and Aspect in Discourse
Aspect between Discourse and Grammar: An Introductory Essay for the Volume
Paul J. Hopper
3
The Discourse Motivation for the Perfect Aspect: The Mandarin Particle LE
Charles N. Li, Sandra A. Thompson and R. McMillan Thompson
19
The Function of Inuktitut Verb Modes in Narratives Texts
Ivan Kalmár
45
Aspect in Conversational Indonesian
Ellen Rafferty
65
II. The Creation of Tense and Aspect
Universals of Aspect and Parts of Speech: Parallels between Signed and spoken Languages
Lloyd B. Anderson
91
Tense-Aspect Modality: The Creole Proto-Type and Beyond
T. Givón
115
III. Tense and Aspect as Cognitive Categories
Aspect, Transitivity, and Viewpoint
Scott DeLancey
167
Tense, Aspect and Modality in the Use of the Turkish Evidential
Dan I. Slobin and Ayhan A. Aksu
185
Figure and Ground: The Interrelationships of Linguistic Categories
Stephen Wallace
201
IV. Tense and Aspect as Semantic and Grammatical Categories
The ‘Perfect’ as a Universal and as a Language-Particular Category
Lloyd B. Anderson
227
Remarks on English Aspect
Ronald W. Langacker
265
Invariance and the Syntax of Russian Aspect
Alan Timberlake
305
V. Afterword
On Cross-Linguistic Categories and Related Problems: A Discussant’s Notes on the Tense/Aspect Symposium
Ranjit Chatterjee
335
Index to References
347
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