, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 171-214
Date: 19 Jan 2011

Infectum and Perfectum. Two faces of tense selection in Romance languages

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Abstract

This paper investigates the semantics of tense and aspect in Romance languages. Its goal is to develop a compositional, model-theoretic semantics for tense and temporal adverbs which is sensitive to aspectual distinctions. I will consider durative adverbial distributions and aspectual contrasts across different morphological tense forms. I will examine tense selection under habitual meanings, generic meanings and state of result constructions. In order to account for these facts I will argue that temporal homogeneity plays a fundamental role in tense selection in Romance languages.