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Tense, Aspect, and The Interpretation Of Tenseless Elements In English

by Dalrymple, Mary

Technical Note 453
Institution: AI Center, SRI International
Address: 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
Nov 1988.

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Abstract

An analysis of English tense and aspect is presented that specifies temporal precedence relations with a sentence. The relevant reference points for interpretation are taken to be the initial and terminal points of events in the world, as well as two hypothetical times: the perfect time (when a sentence contains perfect aspect) and the progressive or during time. We also describe a method for providing temporal interpretation for nontensed elements such as nouns and adjectives, whose interpretation may be temporally dependent.

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