Anteriority Marking in British English, Standard German and Argentinean Spanish
An Empirical Examination with Special Emphasis on Temporal Adverbials
Most typological studies fail to provide an accurate account of the notion of 'anterior' since they restrict their analyses to the so-called 'Perfect'. Daniel Burgos pushes the limits much further by confronting corpus-based data of British English, Standard German and Argentinean Spanish with most recent typological research on Tense and Aspect and grammaticalization. It is the idiosyncratic way with which these three languages mark anteriority that leads this author to provide systematic solutions for the understanding of this phenomenon from both a synchronic and diachronic perspective.
This study is a daring innovation in this field due to its onomasiological and semasiological interplay and its exhaustive treatment of an 'anterior' as a super-ordinate category. What is more, it is the first study whose author embarks on a detailed historical comparison of these three language varieties, bringing Argentinean Spanish into focus, and exploring the interaction between Tense and Aspect, verbal forms and temporal adverbials. In terms of structure, content and style, Daniel Burgos presents a pleasant book that makes a notable contribution to both language typology and contrastive linguistics.
ISBN 9783895867323. Linguistics Edition 47. 370pp. 2004.