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Temporal reference: empirical and theoretical perspectives: converging evidence from English and Romance

ContributorsGrisot, Cristina
Defense date2015-11-03

This thesis investigates the expression of temporal reference – the location of eventualities (states and events) in time – in natural languages by looking at four languages: English, French, Italian and Romanian. It is suggested that temporal reference is determined at the discursive level through a large variety of linguistic and pragmatic means. The current state of the art on temporal reference lacks of a comprehensive cross-linguistically valid model that holds for typologically different languages, which goes beyond language specificities and which permits consistent contrastive analyses. The present study aims at filling in this gap by proposing a model of temporal reference situated in-between Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Contrastive Analysis, Natural Language Processing and Machine Translation fields.

  • Temporal reference
  • Verbal tenses
  • Grammatical and lexical aspect
  • Pragmatics
  • Relevance Theory
  • Corpus-based analysis
  • Translation corpora
  • Experimental data
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Romanian
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Machine Translation
  • Contrastive Analysis
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - CRSI22_127510, 2010-2013
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - CRSII2_147653, 2013-2016
Citation (ISO format)
GRISOT, Cristina. Temporal reference: empirical and theoretical perspectives: converging evidence from English and Romance. 2015. doi: 10.13097/archive-ouverte/unige:82583
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