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Query:   [summary] present perfect (corrected)
Author:  YANAGI Tomohiro
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Syntax

Summary:   I posted a summary for present perfect puzzle a few weeks ago, but I must
correct part of it.

The original question is:

Whether present perfect forms and simple past forms are freely
interchangeable in languages where the adverbs can be used in present
perfects.

To this question, I wrote as follows:

The answer is NO. Simple past and present perfect forms are not generally
interchangeable, but there is some dialectual variation within a language.
For example, the simple past is preferred to the present perfect in
Northern dialect of Italian while the reverse happens in Southern dialects.

Correction (corrected part is capitalized):

The answer is NO. [...] the simple past is preferred to the present
perfect in SOUTHERN dialects of Italian while the reverse happens in
NORTHERN dialects.

I am grateful to Dieter Vermandere and Salvatore Mele for pointing out this
"slip".

I recieved other responses to the summary posted. Thanks aslo go to
Hendrik, Lloyd Anderson, Hartmut Haberland, and Dr. Joachim Ballweg, who
gave me helpful comments and suggestions.


YANAGI Tomohiro
yanagi_t@mbox.media.nagoya-u.ac.jp

LL Issue: 10.1269
Date Posted: 31-Aug-1999
Original Query: Read original query


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