The German Perfect: Its semantic composition and its interactions with temporal adverbials / Edition 1

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This book provides an extensive account of perfect constructions in German, of its numerous meaning effects, and of its interaction with temporal adverbials and temporal subclauses. By doing this, it takes the semantics of the whole German tense system into account, provides analyses of several temporal adverbials and their intricate behavior, and offers new ideas concerning the semantics of temporal subclauses. Although one of the main goals of the book is to integrate the results of the study into a formal semantic framework, it also considers many pragmatic factors as well as aspects concerning German syntax.

The book will be of interest to scholars and advanced students interested in issues regarding tense, aspect, temporal adverbials, and temporal subclauses.

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"This book provides an in-depth overview of perfect constructions in German and offers an extensive account of their uses from the perspective of a formal semantic framework. It also considers many pragmatic factors as well as particular characteristics of German Syntax…A thorough conclusion, list of references, and index make this work a useful manual for (advanced) students and scholars."(Linde Roels, LANGUAGE, volume 81, issue 3, page 784, 2005)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402007194
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 7/31/2002
  • Series: Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy Series, #78
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction. 2. The Semantics of the Present Perfect. 3. The Meaning Effects of the Present Perfect. 4. Types of Temporal Adverbials. 5. Interactions with Temporal Adverbials. 6. The Contribution of Particular Adverbials. 7. Temporal Subordinate Clauses, Conjunctions, and Matrix Clauses. 8. On the Syntax of Temporal Adverbials. 9. Conclusion. References. Index.

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