10.1269, Sum: Present Perfect/Correction

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LINGUIST List:  Vol-10-1269. Tue Aug 31 1999. ISSN: 1068-4875.

Subject: 10.1269, Sum: Present Perfect/Correction

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Date:  Tue, 31 Aug 1999 12:55:04 +0900
From:  yanagi_t at mbox.media.nagoya-u.ac.jp (YANAGI Tomohiro)
Subject:  [summary] present perfect (corrected)

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Date:  Tue, 31 Aug 1999 12:55:04 +0900
From:  yanagi_t at mbox.media.nagoya-u.ac.jp (YANAGI Tomohiro)
Subject:  [summary] present perfect (corrected)

I posted a summary for present perfect puzzle a few weeks ago, but I must
correct part of it.

The original question is:

Whether present perfect forms and simple past forms are freely
interchangeable in languages where the adverbs can be used in present
perfects.

To this question, I wrote as follows:

The answer is NO.  Simple past and present perfect forms are not generally
interchangeable, but there is some dialectual variation within a language.
For example, the simple past is preferred to the present perfect in
Northern dialect of Italian while the reverse happens in Southern dialects.

Correction (corrected part is capitalized):

The answer is NO.  [...]  the simple past is preferred to the present
perfect in SOUTHERN dialects of Italian while the reverse happens in
NORTHERN dialects.

I am grateful to Dieter Vermandere and Salvatore Mele for pointing out this
"slip".

I recieved other responses to the summary posted.  Thanks aslo go to
Hendrik, Lloyd Anderson, Hartmut Haberland, and Dr. Joachim Ballweg, who
gave me helpful comments and suggestions.


YANAGI Tomohiro
yanagi_t at mbox.media.nagoya-u.ac.jp


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