This Cahiers Chronos volume reports on new and ongoing research on tense, aspect and modality in which a variety of languages has been gathered. The languages discussed by the authors include (in alphabetical order):
Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek,
Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian and Spanish.
The articles form a selection of the papers presented at the 5th Chronos
Conference that took place at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, in June 2002. We have categorized the papers into three sections: Tense,
Aspect and Modality. Obviously, this ordering is somewhat arbitrary given that some of the papers cross these rather rigid boundaries, as they discuss the interplay of tense and aspect or tense and modality.
This book is of interest for scholars in the field of semantics, logic, syntax, and comparative linguistics.
Bart HOLLEBRANDSE, Angeliek van HOUT, Co VET: Introduction
Abraham P. TEN CATE: Descriptions of past events in German
Griet BEHEYDT: The absolute and the relative present tense with future time references in English and Dutch
Gretel De CUYPER: Noun phrases and temporal information in Dutch
Bart HOLLEBRANDSE: Sequence of tense: New insights from cross-linguistic comparisons
Lieven VANDELANOTTE: Tense in indirect speech and thought: Some proposed modifications
Fabrizio AROSIO: Points of time
Maria ASNES: Incompatibility between telicity and homogeneity in French
Patrick CAUDAL: Degree scales and aspect
Arie MOLENDIJK: The imparfait in French and the past progressive in English
Athina SIOUPI: Morphological and telicity aspect with accomplishment VPs in
Henk VERKUYL: How (in-)sensitive is tense to aspectual information?
Teresa Cristina WACHOWICZ: The aspectual reading of the progressive form in
Zonghua XIAO, Anthony McENERY: Situation aspect: A two-level approach
Aoife AHERN: Mood choice and sentence interpretation in Spanish
Renaat DECLERCK: The relation between temporal and modal uses of indicative verb forms
Andrea ROCCI: On the nature of the epistemic readings of the Italian modal verbs: The relationship between propositionality and inferential discourse relations
Tom WERNER: The temporal interpretation of some modal Sentences in English (involving a future / epistemic alternation)