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Title: Building a bridge between linguistic communities of the Old and the New World
Subtitle: Current research in tense, aspect, mood and modality.
Edited By: Chiyo Nishida
Cinzia Russi
URL: http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=CHRONOS+25
Series Title: Cahiers Chronos 25

The present volume is a collection of fourteen original papers selected from those presented at the first US installment of Chronos: International Conference on Tense, Aspect, Mood and Modality, which took place at the University of Texas at Austin in October, 2008. The volume serves as an excellent forum for international scholars working on expressions of on tense, aspect, mood and modality. It contains papers dealing with a diverse variety of languages ranging from well studied languages like English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Japanese, to less known ones like Basque, Chamorro, Iquito, Australian English and Singlish. The originality and relevance of the individual contributions is highlighted by the broadness of the theoretical approaches they employ and the novel empirical data they examine. All the studies go beyond exploring issues strictly related to tense, aspect, mood and modality; rather, they cut across all main linguistics subfields, such as syntax, semantics, pragmatics, language acquisition and language evolution, thus attesting to how research on tense, aspect, mood and modality is vital to the better understanding of human language in general. This diverse nature of the volume will certainly appeal to broad audience. Contents Chiyo Nishida and Cinzia Russi: Introduction Asier Alcázar and Mario Saltarelli: Why imperative sentences cannot be embedded Cécile Barbet and Louis de Saussure: Sporadic aspect as a pragmatic enrichment of dynamic root modality Pier Marco Bertinetto: Tense-aspect acquisition meets typology Patrick Caudal and Marie-Ève Ritz: Discourse structure and the perfective evolution of the Australian Present Perfect: Some new hypotheses Pilar Chamorro: Future time reference and irrealis modality in Chamorro: A study of preverbal para Justin Kelly: The syntax and semantics of infinitival yet constructions Yusuke Kubota, Jungmee Lee, Anastasia Smirnova and Judith Tonhauser: Cross-linguistic variation in temporal adjunct clauses Brenda Laca: On modal tenses and tensed modals I-wen Lai: The realis and irrealis distinction in the Iquito language Hiroki Nomoto and Nala Huiying Lee: Realis, factuality and derived-level statives: Perspectives from the analysis of Singlish got Katia Paykin and Fayssal Tayalati: Behavior adjectives: Dynamic, agentive and unergative Alain Rihs: A defence of the overlap criterion for distinguishing between the French gerund and present participle Cinzia Russi: Locating Italian volere ‘to want’ and volerci ‘to be needed, to be required’ in the Verb-to-TAM chain Karen Zagona: Ser and estar: Phrase structure and aspect

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789042035591
Pages: 341
Prices: Europe EURO 72

Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789401208345
Pages: 341
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