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Title: Tense across Languages
Edited By: Renate Musan
Monika Rathert
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110266115-1
Series Title: De Gruyter: Linguistische Arbeiten 541
Description:

This book addresses recent developments in the study of tense from a cross-
paradigm and cross-linguistic point of view. Leading international scholars
explore challenging ideas about tense at the interfaces between semantics
and syntax as well as syntax and morphology. The book is divided into three
main subsections: 1) Tense in tenseless languages; 2) Tense, mood, and
modality, and 3) Descriptive approaches to some tense phenonema. Although
time is a universal dimension of the human experience, some languages
encode reference to time without any grammatical tense morphology of the
verb.

Some of these exceptional “tenseless” languages are investigated in this
volume: Kalaallisut, Paraguayan Guaraní and Movima. Modal verbs are
polyfunctional in the sense that they express both tense and modality. In this
volume, an untypical modal is analyzed, a modal analysis of imperatives is
argued for, and sentential mood, which is closely related to modality, is
analyzed. It is always interesting to look at the expression of tense in
understudied languages, which is done here for Scottish Gaelic, Austronesian
Rukai and German dialects. The volume can be used for graduate and
undergraduate level teaching.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Morphology
Syntax
Language Typology
Subject Language(s): Kalaallisut
Guaraní, Paraguayan
Movima
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110267020
Pages: 262
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ISBN-13: 9783110266115
Pages: 262
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95