Infectum and Perfectum. Two faces of tense selection in Romance languages

Linguistics and Philosophy 33 (3):171-214 (2010)
This paper investigates the semantics of tense and aspect in Romance languages. Its goal is to develop a compositional, model-theoretic semantics for tense and temporal adverbs which is sensitive to aspectual distinctions. I will consider durative adverbial distributions and aspectual contrasts across different morphological tense forms. I will examine tense selection under habitual meanings, generic meanings and state of result constructions. In order to account for these facts I will argue that temporal homogeneity plays a fundamental role in tense selection in Romance languages
Keywords Tense  Aspect  Homogeneity  Romance languages
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DOI 10.1007/s10988-010-9078-x
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