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Bibliographic record number: 502848

Chapter/Paper in a book

Authors: Stanojević, Mateusz-Milan; Geld, Renata
Title: New current relevance in Croatian: epistemic immediacy and the aorist
( New current relevance in Croatian: epistemic immediacy and the aorist )
Book: Cognitive Approaches to Tense, Aspect, and Epistemic Modality
Editor/s: Patard Adeline ; Brisard, Frank
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
City: Amsterdam, Philadelphia
Year: 2011
Serie: Human Cognitive Processing
Page range:: 159-180
Total pages in the book:: 319
ISBN: 978-90-272-2383-8
Keywords: epistemic immediacy, current relevance, aorist, Croatian
( epistemic immediacy, current relevance, aorist, Croatian )
Croatian grammarians make conflicting claims about the Croatian aorist. Some consider it a general past tense used with perfective verbs denoting completed past while others believe that it denotes a recent past action. Both accounts focus on one of aorist uses, failing to explain some others, notably future reference. Based on a corpus study and speaker judgments, we claim that the Croatian aorist has a dual role as an aspectual and tense phenomenon expressing epistemic immediacy. We propose an analysis which contrasts an epistemically immediate virtual plane (which includes the aorist) and an epistemically distant virtual plane (which includes the Croatian perfect tense), offering a unified explanation of all aorist uses and fitting in with other Croatian and cross-Slavic data.
Project / theme: 130-1301049-1047
Original language: eng
Category: Znanstveni
Research fields:
Contrib. to CROSBI by: (, 17. Vel. 2011. u 18:40 sati

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