1st Edition

On the Temporal Interpretation of Noun Phrases

By Renate Musan Copyright 1997

    First published in 1997, this thesis is about the temporal interpretation of noun phrases. Although the temporal interpretation of verbs is by no means a settled issue today, all of us have at least a vague idea of how it works: sentences contain verbs and tenses and sometimes temporal adverbials, and in some way or other the tense of a clause tells us roughly whether the state of affairs denoted by the main predicate of the clause—or at least a crucial part of it—is located at a past, present, or future time.

    I. Introduction II. Temporal Location of Individuals III. Temporal Location of Situation Times IV. On Temporal NP-Modifiers and Upper Limit Effects. V. Conclusion and Speculations


    Renate Musan