Meier, Richard P., Aristar-Dry, Helen, Destruel, Emilie (Eds.)
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Carlota Smith was perhaps the first woman to work in generative linguistics and her work has a unique position within the history of the field
Professor Smith made a fundamental contribution to our understanding of time and temporal interpretation in discourse
Articles in Text, Time, and Context are notable for their precision about both form and meaning
Collected papers explore English, French, Mandarin Chinese, and Navaho, all with detail and insight
Carlota S. Smith was a key figure in linguistic research and a pioneering woman in generative linguistics. This selection of papers focuses on the research into tense, aspect, and discourse that Smith completed while Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. Smith, who died in 2007, was a trailblazer in her field whose broad interests fed into her scholarly research.
Selected by Carlota Smith herself and by her longtime friends and colleagues, this book contains her 1980 piece on temporal structures in discourse, her 1986 comparison of the English and French aspectual systems, a 1996 paper on the aspect system in Navajo (an increasingly-endangered language which Smith worked to preserve), and her 1980 and 1993 papers on the child’s acquisition of tense and aspect.
The current volume of articles covers much of her most fruitful work on the way in which language is used to express time, and will be essential reading for many working and studying in linguistics generally and in semantics particularly.
Acknowledgments. Preface. An Interview with Carlota Smith. List of Carlota Smith’s Publications. I. Aspect. Introduction, Manfred Krifka. 1. A Speaker-Based Approach to Aspect. 2. Aspectual Categories in Navajo. 3. Activities: States or Events? II. Tense. Introduction, Jacqueline Guéron. 4. The Syntax and Interpretation of Temporal Expressions in English. 5. The Temporal Reference of the English Futurate Construction. 6. The Domain of Tense. 7. Tense and Context in French. III. Acquisition of Tense. Introduction, Richard P. Meier. 8. The Acquisition of TimeTalk: Relations Between Child and Adult Grammars. 9. The Acquisition of Tense: Bootstrapping into Syntax. IV. Discourse structure/Discourse modes. Introduction, Barbara H. Partee. 10. Sentences in Discourse: an Analysis of an Essay by Bertrand Russell. 11. The Vagueness of Sentences in Isolation. 12. Temporal Structures in Discourse. 13. Temporal Interpretation in Mandarin Chinese, by Carlota S. Smith and Mary Erbaugh. V. Context and Interpretation. Introduction, Helen Aristar-Dry. 14. Some Significant Omission: Ellipsis in Flaubert's 'Un Coeur Simple.' by Jeanne T. Whitaker and Carlota S. Smith. 15. Accounting for Subjectivity.