Tense and Aspect in English: What Did We Learn by Cooperating?

Niels Davidsen-Nielsen

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    Abstract

    In the 1990's the author cooperated with Carl Bache on a grammar of English. It turned out that the views they had previously arrived at individually on tense and aspect could be combined by operating with a fused system involving four ordered choices resulting in sixteen tense-aspect forms. In accounting for the meanings of these forms they also agreed to operate with a functional-instructional view. As a result, their analysis of tense and aspect differs from those proposed in other grammars. If that constitutes a step forward, it illustrates that cooperation may lead to
    insights that it would be difficult to reach in splendid isolation.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalRASK – International journal of language and communication
    Issue number38
    Pages (from-to)145-159
    ISSN0909-8976
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

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