Egetenmeyer, Jakob ORCID: 0000-0003-2394-9545 (2021). Time updating uses of the French imparfait extending across genres. In: Aspects of tenses, modality, and evidentiality, pp. 56-77. Leiden / Boston: Brill. ISBN 978-90-04-46585-5

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This article takes a special stance on a family of uses of the French imparfait which are not usually described as being related. A common designation for some of them is narrative imparfait. However, we integrate a wider array of cases in our description. They share the property of being part of the narrative development of a text, more precisely, they update narrative time. By implementing a set of factors which concern their functioning in discourse, we are able to distinguish five types in a fine-grained manner. One of the factors is prominence, which has only recently been introduced into the study of tense and aspect. Finally, we address the relationship between the different uses and the text types they are expected to appear in.

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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-377706
DOI: 10.1163/9789004468184_005
Title of Book: Aspects of tenses, modality, and evidentiality
Series Name: Cahiers Chronos
Volume: 31
Page Range: pp. 56-77
Date: October 2021
Publisher: Brill
Place of Publication: Leiden / Boston
ISBN: 978-90-04-46585-5
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Collaborative Research Centers > CRC 1252: Prominence in Language > TP C02
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Updating imparfait uses; Narrative imparfait; Temporal discourse structure; ProminenceEnglish
Funders: DFG
Projects: SFB 1252 Prominence in Language, Project-ID 281511265
Refereed: Yes


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