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Description - When-Clauses and Temporal Structure by Renaat H. C. Declerck

Tense is one of the central issues of linguistics, and has been the focus of much attention in recent years. In this book, Declerck offers a detailed discussion of the temporal structures that are expressed by the combination of tense forms with the conjunction when . He is able to develop and test his earlier model and in doing so reveals the close relation between the semantics of when and the English tense system. Included are: a detailed functional typology of English when -clauses a model of the English tense system an analysis of the possible tense combination, both normal and special, in head clauses and when -clauses a discussion of the many different temporal interpretations of when -clauses a treatment of the special class of 'narrative when -clauses' The specific focus is on how situations are located in time sentences involving both a head-clause and a when -clause. His thorough investigation of the when -clause gives a fascinating insight into the English tense system which will interest linguists and all those involved with teaching English.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415154888
ISBN-10: 041515488X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Feb-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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