Linguistics in Göttingen - A platform for empirical and theoretical linguistics

Fabienne Martin (Stuttgart)

A finer-grained typology of perfective operators

(joint work with Zsofia Gyarmathy, Düsseldorf)

We here argue that maximality, completion and referentiality all need to be taken into account as potential parameters in analyses of perfectives. Statives in the English simple past and the French passé composé and passé simple necessitate a maximality component in these perfectives, but a separate requirement of completion is also needed. Perfectives are also shown to differ in whether they allow for both quantificational and referential uses.