This contribution proposes that imperfectively marked predicates are uniformly mapped into subject-predicate logical formats. The basic insight is that the imperfective does not map telic predicates into durative predicates; rather, it adds a modal dimension to the semantics of the past tense. The author argues (i) that a predicational analysis of imperfective aspect permits an elegant unification of the logical form assigned to progressives and habituals; (ii) that, at least in the Romance and Germanic languages, grammatical aspect is the locus where the distinction between categorical sentences, consisting in the ascription of a property to a subject, and thetic sentences, consisting in the presentation of an eventuality, is grammaticality encoded; and (iii) that the predicational analysis of imperfective tenses provides an elegant solution to what the author dubs the "present tense paradox"

On the logical form of imperfective aspect

DELFITTO, Denis
2004

Abstract

This contribution proposes that imperfectively marked predicates are uniformly mapped into subject-predicate logical formats. The basic insight is that the imperfective does not map telic predicates into durative predicates; rather, it adds a modal dimension to the semantics of the past tense. The author argues (i) that a predicational analysis of imperfective aspect permits an elegant unification of the logical form assigned to progressives and habituals; (ii) that, at least in the Romance and Germanic languages, grammatical aspect is the locus where the distinction between categorical sentences, consisting in the ascription of a property to a subject, and thetic sentences, consisting in the presentation of an eventuality, is grammaticality encoded; and (iii) that the predicational analysis of imperfective tenses provides an elegant solution to what the author dubs the "present tense paradox"
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aspect; syntax/semantics interface; genericity
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