Aspects of Tenses, Modality, and Evidentiality

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If there’s a domain in linguistics which complexity calls for ever further research, it’s clearly that of tense, aspect, modality and evidentiality, often referred to as ‘TAME’. The reason for which these domains of investigation have been connected so tightly as to deserve a common label is that their actual intertwining is so dense that one can hardly measure their effects purely individually, without regard to the other notions of the spectrum. On the other hand, despite their imbrications, tense, aspect, modality and evidentiality remain – needless to say – separate theoretical entities. The papers gathered in this volume cover a range of issues and a variety of methods that help delineate, each in its way, new perspectives on this broad domain.

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Laura Baranzini received her Ph.D. in Italian Linguistics from the University of Geneva in 2010. She worked as a post-doc researcher at the universities of Neuchâtel, Basel and Turin. She is currently a permanent researcher at Osservatorio linguistico della Svizzera italiana and a lecturer at Università della Svizzera italiana.

Louis de Saussure, Ph.D., is professor of linguistics and discourse analysis at the University of Neuchatel where he participated to the creation of the Cognitive Science Centre. He has published extensively, in particular in the domain of TAME.
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1 Introduction
Laura Baranzini and Louis de Saussure

Part 1 Meanings and Interpretations of Tenses



2 The Semantics of the Simple Future in Romance: Core Meaning and Parametric Variation
Victoria Escandell-Vidal

3 Tense Choice and Interpretation in First-Person Stories: A Contrastive Study of English and Japanese
Naoaki Wada

4 Time Updating Uses of the French Imparfait Extending Across Genres
Jakob Egetenmeyer

Part 2 Aspectual Issues



5 The Futurate Reading of the Spanish Present Progressive (estar +-ndo)
Alicia Cipria

6 Non-culminating Accomplishments: Subject, Speaker and Syntactic Structure
Jacqueline Guéron and Svetlana Vogeleer

7 Preterit and Perfect in Romance: New Insights from Occitan
Myriam Bras and Jean Sibille

Part 3 Modality and Evidentiality in Contrast



8 Double Modals in Scots: A Speaker’s Choice Hypothesis
Cameron Morin

9 The Contextualising Effects of the Modal Particle vel in Norwegian Interrogatives
Thorstein Fretheim

10 Belief and Performativity
Alda Mari

11 Post-modal Concessive Meanings: A Contrastive Corpus Study of French and German Modal Verbs
Corinne Rossari and Elena Smirnova

12 The Semantic Profile of the Past Evidential in Udmurt in Contemporary Texts
Rebeka Kubitsch

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Departments of Linguistics, specialists in the study of tense, aspect and modality/evidentiality and advanced students.
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