Crosslinguistic Views on Tense, Aspect and Modality


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.

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Crosslinguistic views on tense, aspect and modality is an impressive collection of relevant papers … the scope of the book is both broad and up-to-date, providing insights into grammatical categories which interest various specialists, ranging from theory-inspired linguists to practice-focused pedagogues.” in: Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures (BELL)
“There is much here that is thought-provoking for the French scholar, and which shows that issues regarding the meaning of the interactions of tense and mood and aspect seem best identified by close comparison of data from different languages. The approaches taken here provide examples of contemporary theoretical orientations to tense, mood and aspect. … the semantics specialist more then anyone else will appreciate this volume as a statement of current research and research interests in semantics in European languages.” in: New Zealand Journal of French Studies, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2006
“While not all of papers follow the same semantic theory, the papers in this volume are an interesting and valuable contribution towards a tense-aspect-modality description of languages.” in: LINGUIST List 16.1544, Sat. May 14 2005
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 Greek Henk VERKUYL: How (in-)sensitive is tense to aspectual information? Teresa Cristina WACHOWICZ: The aspectual reading of the progressive form in Brazilian Portuguese 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)