Cross-linguistic Semantics of Tense, Aspect, and Modality by Lotte Hogeweg, Helen de Hoop, Andrej Malchukov

By Lotte Hogeweg, Helen de Hoop, Andrej Malchukov

Lately, we've got witnessed, at the one hand, an elevated curiosity in cross-linguistic info in formal semantic reports, and, nonetheless, an elevated quandary for semantic matters in language typology. besides the fact that, in simple terms few reviews mix semantic and typological study for a selected semantic area (such because the papers in Bach et al. (1995) on quantification and Smith (1997) on aspect). This booklet brings jointly formal semanticists with a cross-linguistic point of view and/or these engaged on lesser-known languages, and typologists drawn to semantic conception, to debate semantic edition within the particular area of annoying, point, and Mood/Modality.

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Indeed, while restrictions on the use of aspects with the present tense can be explained in terms of (in)compatibility, this explanation does not carry over to the future tense, which is conceptually compatible with both aspects. Yet we can still follow Comrie in his conclusion that aspectual qualification is less relevant for future non-factive events than for past actions, for which it is often important whether an action has been completed or not. This explanation carries over to the frequent lack/neutralization of tense and aspect distinctions in negative clauses and irrealis moods, as documented by Aikhenvald and Dixon (1998).

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