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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.…
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/6/1985
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
|Some theoretical and methodological preliminaries|
|Degrees of remoteness|
|Tense and syntax|
|Conclusion: towards a formal theory of tense|
|Index of languages|
|Index of names|
|Index of subjects|