- 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
This article, which explores the pragmatics of tense and aspect, focusing on the interrelation and boundary between semantics and pragmatics, addresses two questions involving the semantics/pragmatics interface: What part of the interpretative content ascribed to tense/aspect forms should pertain to pragmatics, as opposed to semantics? How do semantic and pragmatic phenomena interact with one another in the synchrony and diachrony of tense-aspect forms? Two main theoretical features matter when trying to (very broadly) compare existing approaches to pragmatics, if we want to be able to pick up the most appropriate available theory: representationalism vs. plain truth-conditionalism for logical form and separate vs. intertwined contributions of semantics and pragmatics to logical form. The article also describes contextualism, discourse relations, and the Segmented Discourse Representation Theory.
Patrick Caudal, a CNRS researcher at the Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle (Université Paris-Diderot), is a specialist in the semantics and pragmatics of tense, aspect, and modality (TAM), and the discourse semantics and pragmatics of TAM, with a long-standing interest in the semantics/pragmatics interface. He has produced synchronic and diachronic analyses of a variety of TAM markers in Romance, Germanic, and Australian languages, and presently coordinates the TAMEAL Marie-Curie project (The Interrelation of Tense, Aspect and Modality with Evidentiality in Australian Aboriginal Languages).
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