24.538, Diss: Pragmatics/ Semantics/ Spanish: Fernandez: 'Pluractionality and Aspectual Structure in the Galician Spanish Tener-Perfect'

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Subject: 24.538, Diss: Pragmatics/ Semantics/ Spanish: Fernandez: 'Pluractionality and Aspectual Structure in the Galician Spanish Tener-Perfect'

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Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:51:46
From: Maria del Pilar Chamorro Fernandez [chamorro at uga.edu]
Subject: Pluractionality and Aspectual Structure in the Galician Spanish Tener-Perfect

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Institution: Ohio State University 
Program: Department of Spanish and Portuguese 
Dissertation Status: Completed 
Degree Date: 2012 

Author: Pilar Chamorro Fernandez

Dissertation Title: Pluractionality and Aspectual Structure in the Galician
Spanish Tener-Perfect 

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

Dissertation Director(s):
Scott A Schwenter
Terrell A. Morgan
Judith Tonhauser

Dissertation Abstract:

In this dissertation I explore the meaning of the perfect construction tener ‘have’ 
(present indicative) + (non agreeing) past participle as used in the Spanish 
spoken in Galicia (northwest region of Spain), to which I refer as GaSP (Galician 
Spanish Perfect). The goal is to develop a formal analysis that captures the 
empirical findings of the meanings of Galician Spanish utterances with this 

First, temporal reference in GaSP utterances is constrained to reference time 
intervals that include the time of utterance in their denotation and whose length is 
equal or greater than (roughly) two days stretching from the day of utterance 
time into the past. Second, GaSP utterances express plural eventualities 
temporally distributed at discontinuous intervals across the reference time 
interval. And third, in contrast to the so-called prototypical perfects, the range of 
interpretations of GaSP utterances is very limited, exhibiting universal and 
existential readings with multiple events.

I formally analyze the empirical findings within the Reichenbachian framework of 
temporality. I specifically capture the temporal relations between the times 
involved in tense and aspect in Klein’s (1994) theory of temporal interpretation. 
Tense determines the relation between the time of utterance and the reference 
time whereas grammatical aspect determines the relation between the reference 
time and the eventuality time. The meanings of event plurality and temporal 
distribution of events are explained in terms of Deo (2009) and Deo and 
Piñango’s (2010) theory of quantificational distributivity through interval partitions.

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