- Table of Symbols and Abbreviations
- About the Authors
- The Oxford Handbook of Tense and Aspect
- Philosophy of Language
- Narratology and Literary Linguistics
- Computational Linguistics
- Universals and Typology
- Discourse and Text
- Diachrony and Grammaticalization
- Language Contact
- Creole Languages
- Primary Language Acquisition
- Second Language Acquisition
- Remoteness Distinctions
- The Surcomposé Past Tense
- Bound Tenses
- Embedded Tenses
- Nominal Tense
- Lexical Aspect
- Verbal Aspect
- Perfective and Imperfective Aspect
- Progressive and Continuous Aspect
- Habitual and Generic Aspect
- Habituality, Pluractionality, and Imperfectivity
- Perfect Tense and Aspect
- Resultative Constructions
- Time in Sentences with Modal Verbs
- Evidentiality and Mirativity
Abstract and Keywords
Children face several critical challenges in acquiring tense and aspect, one of which concerns the variability in linguistic marking, which encompasses a wide range. Nevertheless, children do use tense and aspect morphosyntax from a young age, and by and large, appear to use it correctly. This article discusses primary-language acquisition and examines specific evidence illustrating the nature of children's competence with temporal semantics, beginning with an analysis of an apparent error (an under-extension) in children's early language production and then proceeding to specific evaluations of their knowledge of Aktionsart (lexical aspect), grammatical aspect, and tense. It also examines aspectual under-extensions in children's language production, theoretical approaches to children's temporal under-extensions, past imperfective forms, and discourse functions of grammatical aspect.
Laura Wagner received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Ohio State University. Her work focuses on children’s acquisition of meaning, particularly the semantics of tense and aspect. Her publications include Aspectual influences on early tense interpretation (2001), Aspectual bootstrapping in language acquisition: Telicity and transitivity (2006), Children’s early productivity with verbal morphology (2009), I’ll never grow up: Continuity in aspectual representations (2009), and Acquisition of semantics (2010).
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