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Tense

ISBN-10: 0521281385
ISBN-13: 9780521281386
Edition: 1985
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/6/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Bernard Comrie defines tense as the grammaticalisation of location in time. In this textbook he introduces readers to the range of variation found in tense systems across the languages of the world, bringing together a rich collection of illustrative material that student and specialist alike will find invaluable. This systematic account of the data is carefully integrated with a theoretical discussion of tense that is sensitive both to the range of tense oppositions found cross-linguistically and also to the constraints on that variation. For the most part the book is written without formalism, nor is it written within the framework of any specific current theory of linguistics. Nevertheless, as the final chapter makes clear, a formal theory of tense can build upon the insights gained here. For all readers, Dr Comrie's coherent and characteristically elegant account of this complex grammatical category will provide a solid basis for further research on tense, even in a language as thoroughly studied as English.

Preface
Some theoretical and methodological preliminaries
Absolute tense
Relative tense
Degrees of remoteness
Tense and syntax
Conclusion: towards a formal theory of tense
References
Index of languages
Index of names
Index of subjects

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