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Time in Language : Germanic Linguistics - Wolfgang Klein

Time in Language

Germanic Linguistics

Hardcover Published: 14th July 1994
ISBN: 9780415104128
Number Of Pages: 260

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Why is it awkward to say that "Napoleon has been dead" in lieu of "Napoleon was dead?" What aspect of "John has arrived at seven o'clock" leaves an odd ring in the ears and mind? Why do languages often depend on redundant expressions in order to convey temporality and temporal shifts?
In "Time in Language," Wolfgang Klein examines these questions and others in this original study of the ways in which time encodes itself within language. Casting a penetrating look at problems of tense and aspect, the present perfect puzzle, the duration puzzle, and the semantics of temporal expressions, Klein considers lexical features of verbs, temporal adverbials and particles, and other means at languages' disposal to express temporality. As a unique intervention in the field of linguistics, Klein's study of language and its semantic temporal devices not only makes an important contribution to the field which has traditionally neglected such structures of speech and writing, but also provides an indispensable overview of all the problems shrouding the complexities of tense and aspect in language.

List of abbreviations
Introductionp. 1
Tense, aspect, and Aktionsart: the conventional picturep. 14
Topic timep. 36
Time structurep. 59
Inherent temporal features of the lexical contentp. 72
Aspectp. 99
Tensep. 120
Temporal adverbials and their meaningp. 142
The function of positional adverbials in the utterancep. 159
Adverbials of duration and of frequencyp. 184
Non-declarative clauses, subordinate clauses, noun phrasesp. 215
Notesp. 225
Referencesp. 235
Indexp. 240
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ISBN: 9780415104128
ISBN-10: 0415104122
Series: Germanic Linguistics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 14th July 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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