Patrick Caudal

in The Oxford Handbook of Tense and Aspect

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195381979
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks


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This article, which explores the pragmatics of tense and aspect, focusing on the interrelation and boundary between semantics and pragmatics, addresses two questions involving the semantics/pragmatics interface: What part of the interpretative content ascribed to tense/aspect forms should pertain to pragmatics, as opposed to semantics? How do semantic and pragmatic phenomena interact with one another in the synchrony and diachrony of tense-aspect forms? Two main theoretical features matter when trying to (very broadly) compare existing approaches to pragmatics, if we want to be able to pick up the most appropriate available theory: representationalism vs. plain truth-conditionalism for logical form and separate vs. intertwined contributions of semantics and pragmatics to logical form. The article also describes contextualism, discourse relations, and the Segmented Discourse Representation Theory.

Keywords: pragmatics; semantics; tense; aspect; diachrony; representationalism; plain truth-conditionalism; contextualism; discourse relations; Segmented Discourse Representation

Article.  16499 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Pragmatics

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