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Introduction

Robert I. Binnick

in The Oxford Handbook of Tense and Aspect

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195381979
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195381979.013.0000

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Introduction

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Tense and aspect have risen to some prominence within linguistics in recent decades as various theories have taken first the verb, and then the inflectional system associated with it, to be the central component of the clause. This has manifested itself most obviously in syntax and morphology, but the effort to understand the meaning and use of time-related expressions has coincidentally played a significant role in the development of new theories of semantics and pragmatics that, in turn, have prompted further research into tense and aspect. This book focuses on tense and aspect, and contains articles on the basic sub-fields of morphology, syntax, and pragmatics, as well as universals and typology, markedness, diachrony and grammaticalization, language contact, and creole languages.

Keywords: tense; aspect; syntax; morphology; pragmatics; universals; typology; markedness; diachrony; grammaticalization

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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