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Tense and Aspect : From Semantics to Morphosyntax - Alessandra Giorgi

Tense and Aspect

From Semantics to Morphosyntax

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1997
ISBN: 9780195091922
Number Of Pages: 336

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This book examines the interactions between the morphosyntax and the semantic interpretation of tense and aspectual forms in the Germanic and Romance languages. These languages diverge not only in their variety of tense and aspectual forms, but also in the distribution and interpretation of given forms. Adopting Noam Chomsky's minimalist framework, AG and FP attempt to provide theoretical explanations for the observed patterns of form and meaning which link the morphosyntactic properties of languages in both universal and language-particular constraints on interpretation.

Symbolsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
The Syntactic and Semantic Backgroundp. 3
The syntactic frameworkp. 3
The Split-Infl hypothesisp. 3
Chomsky's minimalist approachp. 6
A few words on phrase structurep. 12
Syncretic categories and the Feature Scattering Principlep. 13
The semantic representationp. 17
Tenses as sentential operatorsp. 17
Temporal entitiesp. 22
Eventsp. 25
On the Italian, Latin, and Portuguese Temporal Systemsp. 37
The temporal projectionp. 37
The Italian systemp. 40
The Latin systemp. 45
The Portuguese systemp. 47
On nominative case assignmentp. 52
On the etymology of the Latin pluperfect and future perfectp. 56
The Present Perfect in Germanic and Romancep. 67
The morphosyntactic properties of the Germanic verbal systemsp. 68
The morphosyntax of the English verbal systemp. 68
Other Germanic languagesp. 76
The position of negationp. 79
English modals againp. 83
On the present perfect puzzlep. 84
The simple past and the present perfect in Italianp. 87
The semantics of the present perfectp. 90
On the notion of consequent statep. 90
Some tentative speculations on the semantics of the present perfect and the simple pastp. 93
A revision of the notion of consequent statep. 97
A compositional semantics for synthetic and analytic perfectsp. 99
On the argumental status of temporal adverbialsp. 101
The present perfect in English and MSc and temporal localizationsp. 111
Toward an account of the present perfect puzzlep. 114
More on the present perfect in Italian-like languagesp. 118
A note on Icelandicp. 119
The interpretation of the present perfect in Spanish and Catalonp. 122
The analysis of the Portuguese periphrastic present perfectp. 123
Some observations on the temporal and aspectual properties of the Italian present perfectp. 126
The present perfect in Catanese and Vicentinop. 133
The Present and Imperfect in Germanic and Romancep. 151
The present tensep. 152
Crosslinguistic evidencep. 152
The structure of eventsp. 154
Punctuality and the properties of the speech eventp. 157
A revised notion of punctualityp. 158
The present tense and perfectivityp. 160
On the present-in-the-past interpretation of embedded events in Germanic and Romancep. 173
The Italian imperfect: a characterisationp. 173
Comparative evidencep. 181
On the Semantics and Morphosyntax of the Italian Subjectivep. 193
Toward a semantics of the subjunctivep. 193
The datap. 194
Previous accountsp. 201
Mood and modalityp. 205
Mood in subordinate clausesp. 211
Factive predicatesp. 218
Dream and its companionsp. 220
Intralinguistic variations in mood choicep. 223
Other factors affecting mood choicep. 224
Concluding remarksp. 228
The morphosyntax of the Italian subjunctivep. 230
Syncretic categories and the Feature Scattering Principlep. 230
Subject-Verb inversion phenomena in Italianp. 232
The V-to-C solutionp. 236
The syncretic category solutionp. 239
Extraction from subjunctive clausesp. 247
Conclusionsp. 256
Conditionals and counterfactualsp. 256
The Double Accessibility Reading in Italian and Englishp. 280
The Double Accessibility Readingp. 280
The Italian datap. 282
The English datap. 285
Conclusionsp. 289
Referencesp. 293
Author Indexp. 304
Subject Indexp. 308
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ISBN: 9780195091922
ISBN-10: 0195091922
Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st July 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.3  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.66