Publication details [#5205]

Johnson, Marion R. 1981. A unified temporal theory of tense and aspect. In Tedeschi, Philip J. and Annie Zaenen, eds. Syntax and semantics 14: Tense and aspect. Academic Press. pp. 145–175.
Publication type
Article in book
Publication language
Language as a subject


An attempt at developing a unified temporal theory of the categories of tense and aspect found in the inflectional systems of natural languages, making use of H.Reichenbach's (1947: 'Elements of symbolic logic') distinction between three temporal points, viz. 'point of speach', 'point of reference', and 'point of event'. The theory is illustrated in a case study of Kikuyu.