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Tense and Aspect in Indo-European Languages Theory, Typology, Diachrony

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ISBN-10: 1556198604

ISBN-13: 9781556198601

Edition: 1997

Authors: John Hewson, Vit Bubenik

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This monograph presents a general picture of the evolution of IE verbal systems within a coherent cognitive framework. The work encompasses all the language families of the IE phylum, from prehistory to present day languages.Inspired by the ideas of Roman Jakobson and Gustave Guillaume the authors relate tense and aspect to underlying cognitive processes, and show that verbal systems have a staged development of time representations (chronogenesis). They view linguistic change as systemic and trace the evolution of the earliest tense systems by (a) aspectual split and (b) aspectual merger from the original aspectual contrasts of PIE, the evidence for such systemic change showing clearly in…    
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Book details

List price: $195.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication date: 3/6/1997
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 415
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496

Authors' Preface
List of Abbreviations
Tense and Aspect: Description and Theory
Languages with the original three-aspect system: PRESENT - AORIST - PERFECT
The Verbal System of Ancient Greek
The Verbal System of Vedic and Classical Sanskrit
Languages with the original Present - AORIST system and innovative PERFECT
The Verbal System of Classical Armenian
The Verbal System of Old Church Slavic
The Verbal System of Albanian
The Verbal System of Tocharian
Languages with a three-tense system
Tense and Aspect in Baltic
Tense and Aspect in Celtic
The Latin Verbal System
Languages with merged the original AORIST And PERFECT into the PRETERIT
The Verbal System of Germanic (Gothic, Old English)
The Verbal System of Anatolian (Hittite)
Later Developments
From Ancient to Modern Greek
Development of Modern Indic Tense-Aspect System
Development of Modern Slavic Tense-Aspect System
Development of Modern Iranian Tense-Aspect System
From Latin to Modern Romance
Tense and Aspect in Modern Germanic
Conclusions
Appendices
References
Indexes