Aorists and Perfects

Synchronic and diachronic perspectives

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This volume gathers nine contributions dealing with Aorists and Perfects. Drinka challenges the notion of Aoristic Drift in Romance languages. Walker considers two emergent uses of the Perfect in British English. Jara seeks to determine the constraints on tense choice within narrative discourse in Peruvian Spanish. Henderson argues for a theory based on Langacker’s ‘sequential scanning’ in Chilean and Uruguayan Spanish. Delmas looks at ’Ua in Tahitian, a polysemic particle with a range of aspectual and modal meanings. Bourdin addresses the expression of anteriority with just in English. Yerastov examines the distribution of the transitive be Perfect in Canadian English. Fryd offers a panchronic study of have-less perfect constructions in English. Eide investigates counterfactual present perfects in Mainland Scandinavian dialects.
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Biographical Note

Marc Fryd, (Agrégation 1986, Ph.D. – 1995, HDR – 2012), Université de Poitiers, is Senior Lecturer in English linguistics. He has published mostly on variation in English, and also produced the Pronunciation lexicon of British place-names, first names and surnames database.

Pierre-Don Giancarli, Université de Poitiers, Senior Lecturer in contrastive linguistics. After writing a Ph.D. devoted to bilingualism, his current research and publications focus on Corsican-French-English, the varieties of French spoken in Canada (Laurentian and Acadian) and language contacts in Chiac.

Contributors are: Philippe Bourdin, Claude Delmas, Bridget Drinka, Kristin Melum Eide, Marc Fryd, Carlos Henderson, Margarita Jara, Jim Walker, Yuri Yerastov.

Readership

This book will be of interest to all researchers and scholars interested in tense and aspect, in the fields of general linguistics, syntax, semantics, translation and historical linguistics.