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Formal and Functional Perspectives on Tense and Related Categories

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Christian Heyde Petersen

This book explores the gap that has developed between two sides in linguistics: the formal tradition and the functional tradition. It discusses fundamental issues such as tense, aspect and action by examining and comparing insights from the two traditions with a view to determining whether there are any possibilities of future bridge-building between the two approaches.
This study focuses on comparing the actual output of different linguistic approaches and examines their ‘usefulness’. A major aim is, therefore, to evaluate and identify the most useful approach.
Contents: The Content of Derivations – Situations, Actions and Events – Tense and Verb Phrases (VPs) – Functional Semantics – Theoretical Considerations.