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Formal and Functional Perspectives on Tense and Related Categories


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.
The Author: Christian Heyde Petersen was born in Denmark. He studied English language and literature at the University of Southern Denmark. He is an assistant professor at the Institute of Language and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark.