Binary Tense

Henk J. Verkuyl

Binary Tense

Henk J. Verkuyl

Distributed for Center for the Study of Language and Information

302 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $37.50 ISBN: 9781575865645 Published November 2008
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9781575865638 Published November 2008
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9781575869896 Published January 2017
Despite shortcomings in Reichenbach’s model of tense, it has been the standard introduction for most linguists working on English, German, and Dutch since 1947. Binary Tense surpasses that model by reviving ideas that preceded it by almost a century. Instead of the 3×3 matrix used in the standard model, Henk J. Verkuyl presents a 2×2×2 approach that can be applied to a wider variety of languages, including Chinese, Georgian, and Spanish. This binary approach sheds light on the difference between imperfect and imperfective, the matching of tenses in complex sentences, and many other aspects of linguistics.

1. Ternary vs. Binary Tense

2. Making the Binary System Compositional

3. Exploring a Binary System with Three Oppositions

4. Adverbial Modification and Tense Oppositions

5. Complex Tense Structure

6. Binary Tense in Languages with a Poor Tense System

7. Binary Tense in Languages with a Rich Tense System

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