Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 17 October 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This article is concerned with the notions of tense, aspect, and modality from a typological point of view. It provides an overview of the major areas of ongoing research and also a description of where the three areas overlap or not. The semantic category of tense is usually defined as the linguistic representation of time. There are three absolute tenses: present, past, and future. The category of aspect tells how the action unfolds. The area of modality is concerned with notions such as obligation and necessity, possibility and permission, and volition and ability. The perfect is characterized as a past event with relevance to the present. The status of subjects of modal sentences and the phenomenon of split ergativity are investigated. The semantic map model is beneficial compared with other representational methods.

Keywords: tense, aspect, modality, typology, linguistic representation, split ergativity, modal sentences, semantic map

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.