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LINGUIST List 24.538

Wed Jan 30 2013

Diss: Pragmatics/ Semantics/ Spanish: Fernandez: 'Pluractionality and Aspectual Structure in the Galician Spanish Tener-Perfect'

Editor for this issue: Lili Xia <lxialinguistlist.org>

Date: 29-Jan-2013
From: Maria del Pilar Chamorro Fernandez <chamorrouga.edu>
Subject: Pluractionality and Aspectual Structure in the Galician Spanish Tener-Perfect
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Institution: Ohio State University
Program: Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2012

Author: Pilar Chamorro Fernandez

Dissertation Title: Pluractionality and Aspectual Structure in the Galician Spanish Tener-Perfect

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

Dissertation Director:
Scott A Schwenter
Terrell A. Morgan
Judith Tonhauser

Dissertation Abstract:

In this dissertation I explore the meaning of the perfect construction tener ‘have’
(present indicative) + (non agreeing) past participle as used in the Spanish
spoken in Galicia (northwest region of Spain), to which I refer as GaSP (Galician
Spanish Perfect). The goal is to develop a formal analysis that captures the
empirical findings of the meanings of Galician Spanish utterances with this

First, temporal reference in GaSP utterances is constrained to reference time
intervals that include the time of utterance in their denotation and whose length is
equal or greater than (roughly) two days stretching from the day of utterance
time into the past. Second, GaSP utterances express plural eventualities
temporally distributed at discontinuous intervals across the reference time
interval. And third, in contrast to the so-called prototypical perfects, the range of
interpretations of GaSP utterances is very limited, exhibiting universal and
existential readings with multiple events.

I formally analyze the empirical findings within the Reichenbachian framework of
temporality. I specifically capture the temporal relations between the times
involved in tense and aspect in Klein’s (1994) theory of temporal interpretation.
Tense determines the relation between the time of utterance and the reference
time whereas grammatical aspect determines the relation between the reference
time and the eventuality time. The meanings of event plurality and temporal
distribution of events are explained in terms of Deo (2009) and Deo and
Piñango’s (2010) theory of quantificational distributivity through interval partitions.

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