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The Present Perfective Paradox across Languages

Astrid De Wit


This book analyzes the interaction between present-tense marking and aspect in English, French, the English-based Surinamese creole language Sranan, and a variety of Slavic languages (Russian, Polish, Czech, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian), thereby adopting an epistemic approach to temporal and aspectual categories. The analysis starts from the assumption that there is a cognitive constraint on the alignment of bounded situations in their entirety with the time of speaking, and that this constraint is linguistically reflected in the fact that is difficult to use present perfective constructions ... More

Keywords: present tense, perfective aspect, epistemic approach, present perfective paradox, English, French, Sranan, Slavic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198759539
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759539.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Astrid De Wit, author
Postdoctoral Researcher, Université Libre de Bruxelles