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Systems of tense, aspect, modality, evidentiality and polarity in Functional Discourse Grammar

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Kees Hengeveld, University of Amsterdam, NL
Hella Olbertz, University of Amsterdam, NL


The grammatical categories of tense, aspect, mood, evidentiality, and polarity (TAMEP) have received a lot of interest during the last few decades. Little attention has been paid, however, to the way in which these categories interact in complex TAMEP systems. At the same time, several authors have pointed out the similarities between individual TAMEP categories and classes of lexical modifiers, especially adverbs, but again less attention has been paid to the interactions between these and between grammatical and lexical modifiers. Grammatical and lexical modifiers may be referred to jointly as expressions of tense, aspect, mood, evidentiality and polarity.
The aim of this special issue is to chart grammatical and lexical systems of TAMEP and the interaction within and between these systems, with data taken from a variety of languages, from the perspective of Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG). FDG offers an integrated layered approach to these systems, such that specific predictions, as regards the scope of TAMEP expressions, their ordering, and their grammaticalization and acquisition. Some of the papers in this special issue will consider these issues form a cross-linguistic perspective, while others will focus on individual phenomena from a language specific perspective. What is common to all of them is that they aim at testing the predictions made by FDG, and, if necessary, propose an alternative approach.


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