Imperfective marking in present tense

Paolo Ramat paoram at UNIPV.IT
Sun Jan 20 09:35:00 UTC 2008

Non-finite verb forms may refer both to present and past tense:
* *El estudiante cantando/ Cantando el estudiante, todos empezaron a 
retirarse* * (continuative, imperfective Gerund  in the past) vs. * *Los 
estudiantes cantan ** (plain tense form) vs. **Los estudiantes estàn 
cantando** (progressive present form).

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Claire Bowern" <bowern at RICE.EDU>
Sent: Saturday, January 19, 2008 10:00 PM
Subject: Re: Imperfective marking in present tense

> Dear all,
> Bardi has this. It has a three-way tense suffix contrast between -n 
> 'continuative', -gal 'incomplete', and -null (unmarked). There is also a 
> tense prefix position (null for present, ng for past, ngg for future, la 
> for irrealis),
> Claire
> Kazuha Watanabe wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I am looking for a language which has both plain present tense form and
>> distinctively marked imperfective aspect form (not progressive).  All the
>> languages I know seem to either use imperfective only in the past
>> tense(Romance, for example) or mark imperfective in the present tense but
>> do not have a separate plain present tense form (Slavic, for example).
>> Thank you very much!
>> Kazuha Watanabe
>> !DSPAM:4134,47926426224281179361415!

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