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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 Progressive

The English Progressive

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(p.126) 8 The English Progressive
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Tense, Aspect, and Indexicality
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James Higginbotham (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239313.003.0008

This chapter examines the English Progressive, concentrating upon the issues surrounding what David Dowty (1977) dubbed the ‘imperfective paradox’. The discussion concerns a single part of the general problem of tense and aspect, both within languages and cross-linguistically. That general problem has three pieces, namely: (i) what is the interpretation of tense and aspect?; (ii) what is the nature of the syntactic structures to be interpreted?; and (iii) what are the principles through which the mapping from these structures to the meaning is effected? None of these pieces can be assumed in advance: all must be solved simultaneously.

Keywords:   English Progressive, imperfective paradox, David Dowty, tense, aspect

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