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Tense, Aspect, and Indexicality$
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James Higginbotham

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239313

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239313.001.0001

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The English Perfect and the Metaphysics of Events

The English Perfect and the Metaphysics of Events

(p.157) 9 The English Perfect and the Metaphysics of Events
Tense, Aspect, and Indexicality

James Higginbotham (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the general thesis that the English Perfect is purely aspectual, serving to shift from a predicate of events e to a predicate of events that are results of e. To the extent that this thesis is defensible, the Perfect is not involved in the Tense system at all, except derivatively (because Tense applies to the Perfect itself). The investigation of the Perfect interlocks with a number of metaphysical questions concerning the nature of events and situations, and further issues in the syntax and semantics of sequence of tense in English.

Keywords:   English Perfect, events, tense, predicate, metaphysics, syntax, semantics

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