By J McLaren
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Reichenbach did not offer one, and therefore we do not know whether he viewed R as a purely pragmatic construct or as a part of the “literal meaning” of tensed expressions. As Dinsmore notes: It has been unclear whether [Reichenbach’s] description [of R] says something about truth conditions of sentences, or makes claims about the pragmatic conditions under which [tensed expressions] are actually used felicitously in discourse. According to the definition given by Partee (1984), R is a “locative frame of reference” which is “part of the necessary context for interpreting tensed sentences” (p.
The stem form and person—number ending characteristic of perfective aspect. 2) receives imperfective coding. The English analogs of the Latin verb forms are inflected only for tense. 2 Grammatical and inferential reflexes of the event—state distinction While English lacks any overt means of encoding the event—state distinction, there is evidence that perfective and imperfective aspects constitute covert grammatical categories in English. This evidence involves both grammatical phenomena and the licensing of textual inference.
Even within the aspectual component, should we succeed in circumscribing it, we find areas of semantic overlap. For example, how can one distinguish in English between the perfect form (I have gone) and perfective aspect (I went)? Both forms seem to be in the business of expressing completion, and Frawley (1992) views the English perfect form as the English exemplar of perfective aspect. Some authors seem to have abandoned the goal of devising a constrained theory which addresses the aforementioned problems.
A grammar of the Kaffir language by J McLaren