The selectional restrictions of French past tenses

Labelle, Marie (2002). « The selectional restrictions of French past tenses ». Canadian Journal of Linguistics / Revue Canadienne de Linguistique, 47(1), pp. 159-192.

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This article argues against the idea that the Imparfait & the Passe Simple in French are aspectually sensitive tense operators. Both morphemes combine with any type of eventuality. It is not the case that a clause in the Imparfait denotes a state, or that a clause in the Passe Simple denotes an event. It is proposed that the Passe Simple is a true past tense, which introduces a past eventuality in the discourse with the condition that it be the maximal eventuality of the appropriate type. The Imparfait is analyzed as a dyadic morpheme, which selects an eventuality as internal argument & a past temporal referent of discourse as external argument, where the eventuality provides a condition on the temporal referent.

Type: Article de revue scientifique
Mots-clés ou Sujets: Imparfait, Passé simple, Past Tense, Français, Temps, French, Tense, Aspect,Semantics
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté des sciences humaines > Département de linguistique
Déposé par: Marie Labelle
Date de dépôt: 25 oct. 2010 13:40
Dernière modification: 01 nov. 2014 02:16
Adresse URL : http://www.archipel.uqam.ca/id/eprint/3429

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