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Title: Tense and Aspect in the Languages of Europe
Edited By: Östen Dahl
Series Title: Empirical Approaches to Language Typology 20-6
Description:

This volume puts the European tense-aspect systems in a consistent
typological and diachronic perspective. The book advances our understanding
of the dynamics of tense and aspect systems, how they develop over time,
and how this is reflected in the rich patterns of synchronic variation and
their areal distribution.


Contents

General preface

Preface

General Papers

Östen Dahl
The tense-aspect systems of European languages in a typological perspective

Lars Johanson
Viewpoint operators in European languages

Pier Marco Bertinetto and Denis Delfitto
Aspect vs. Actionality: Why should they be kept apart

Eva Hedin
The type-referring function of the imperfective

Rolf Thieroff
On the areal distribution of tense-aspect categories in Europe

Future Time Reference

Östen Dahl
The grammar of future time reference in European languages

Eva Hedin
Future marking in conditional and temporal clauses in Greek

Östen Dahl
Verbs of becoming as future copulas

The Perfect

Jouko Lindstedt
The perfect - aspectual, temporal and evidential

Östen Dahl and Eva Hedin
Current relevance and event reference

Mario Squartini and Pier Marco Bertinetto
The simple and compound past in Romance languages

Hannu Tommola
On the perfect in North Slavic

Nina Graves
Macedonian - a language with three perfects?

Marja Leinonen and Maria Vilkuna
Past tenses in Permic languages

The Progressive

Pier Marco Bertinetto, Karen H. Ebert and Casper de Groot
The progressive in Europe

Pier Marco Bertinetto
The progressive in Romance, as compared with English

Karen H. Ebert
Progressive markers in Germanic languages

Hannu Tommola
Progressive aspect in Baltic Finnic

Casper de Groot
The absentive

Case Studies

Iva Agnes Csats
Some typological features of the viewpoint and tense system in spoken
North-Western Karaim

Karen H. Ebert
Aspect in Maltese


Appendices

1. The future time reference questionnaire

2. The perfect questionnaire

3. Questionnaire on the progressive aspec

4. List of abbreviations used in interlinear glosses

5. List of working papers

Indices

Subject index

Language index

Author index

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Typology
Subject Language(s): English
Greek, Modern
Karaim
Macedonian
Maltese
Language Family(ies): Germanic
East Slavic
South Slavic
Finnic
Permian
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110157527
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 846 p
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