temporality ii: tense & tense.
a sister project to this one
, this project examines a different kind of embedded temporal operator: the perfect. a common but not ubiquitous theme in this work is that the perfect has the same type as tenses, and can indeed be identified with the past tense, at least in english.
- ⊖the morphosemantics of past tense. a joint project with karlos arregi in which we propose a unified morphosyntax for the english past tense (-ed) and perfect (have/-en), in which perfect morphology in just the non-finite form of past morphology, and in which the auxiliary have is inserted to support morphological requirements. we presented part of this work at NELS 45 (paper, slides, handout). we are currently preparing a manuscript for submission to a journal.
- ⊖temporal relativity and remoteness. a joint project with m. ryan bochnak, we examine the graded tense system of luganda, and show that it exhibits tense stacking which requires a relative tense analysis, along the lines of the one given for english in the above project. we presented some of our work at NELS 46 (paper). we have also done work demonstrating the vagueness and context-dependence of these temporal remoteness morphemes (paper), presented at bls 40 and acal 45. we are currently preparing a manuscript for submission to a journal.
- ⊖what the past says about present and future, and what that says about the perfect. in this paper i propose that certain "oddities" of the english present perfect can be explained by appeal to a new semantics for the past tense, one which is motivated by the hitherto un(der)noticed fact that the past tense, in certain contexts, gives rise to inferences of present/future non-occurrence. i presented some of this work at SUB 20 (paper), and i am currently preparing a manuscript for submission to a journal.
- ⊖frame adverbs and the present perfect puzzle. in this paper, i argue that frame adverbs constrain temporal interpretation "at a distance", using a method developed for attitude verbs in my paper modality and embedded temporal operators. this can explain a beguiling problem in the history of the analysis of the english perfect: the present perfect puzzle. a part of this was presented at SUB 20 (paper), and i am currently preparing a manuscript for submission to a journal.