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Title: Recent Advances in the Syntax and Semantics of Tense, Aspect and Modality
Edited By: Saussure
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 185

It is a fact that tense, aspect and modality together form one of the most
recurring and active areas of research in contemporary syntax and
semantics, as well as in other disciplines of linguistics. A large number
of syntactic and semantic phenomena are concerned by the
temporal-aspectual-modal level of representation: information about time,
aspect and modality is part of virtually all sentences; inflexion is quite
widely considered as the core of syntactic projections. Because of this
very crucial situation and role in the sentence structure,
temporal-aspectual and modal information concerns virtually any part of the
sentence and this information has scope over the whole characterization of
the eventuality denoted by the sentence.

This book is an up-to-date milestone for the studies of temporality and
language, in particular regarding syntax and semantics, but with incidental
hints to pragmatics and theories of human natural language understanding.
Through this very tight selection of 15 papers (originally delivered during
the 6th Chronos colloquium), tenses, aspect and modality are investigated
both at the descriptive and theoretical levels, involving many different
Indo-European and non-Indo-European languages. The volume sheds light on a
wide array of phenomena that remained too little explored until now. These
include the following: modal subordination in Japanese, epistemic modals in
Dutch and English in Free Indirect Speech contexts, aspectual readings of
idioms, adverb-licensing with the German perfect, French imperfective past
compared with English progressive past, infinitival perfect in English,
Adult Root Infinitives, economy constraints on temporal subordinations,
future modality, past interpretation of present tense in embedded clauses,
and time without tenses in Mandarin and Navajo.

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Linguistics (General Linguistics, Syntax, Semantics), Philosophy and Logic

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Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110195259
ISBN-13: 9783110195255
Pages: 253
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