(Un-)Restricting Tense in Awing

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Aufrufstatistik

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10900/73934
http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:21-dspace-739346
http://dx.doi.org/10.15496/publikation-15342
Dokumentart: Konferenzveröffentlichung
Date: 2017-01
Language: English
Faculty: 5 Philosophische Fakultät
5 Philosophische Fakultät
Department: Philosophische Fakultät
DDC Classifikation: 400 - Language and Linguistics
490 - Other languages
Keywords: Linguistik , Semantik , Feldforschung , Afrikanische Sprachen
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Abstract:

In recent years, formal semantic research on the meaning of tense and aspect has benefited from a number of studies investigating languages with graded tense systems. This paper contributes a first sketch of the temporal marking system of Awing (Grassfields Bantu), focusing on two varieties of remote past and remote future. We argue that the data support a "symmetric" analysis of past and future tense in Awing. In our specific proposal, Awing temporal remoteness markers are uniformly analyzed as quantificational tense operators, and both the past and the future paradigm include a form that prevents contextual restriction of this temporal quantifier.

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