The present perfect and definite temporal adverbials: Reference grammars and corpus evidence

Professorship/Faculty: Lehrstuhl für Englische Sprachwissenschaft einschließlich Sprachgeschichte 
Author(s): Werner, Valentin  
Title of the Journal: English language overseas perspectives and enquiries : ELOPE
ISSN: 1581-8918
Corporate Body: Slovensko Drustvo za Angleske Studije
Publisher Information: Ljubljana : SDAS
Year of publication: 2013
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Pages / Size: 9 - 21 : Ill., graph. Darst.
Language(s): English
Licence: German Act on Copyright 
Document Type: Article
The aim of the present paper is to assess the adequa
cy of how the grammatical status of the present
perfect (PP) is established in three reference gram
mars of English (Quirk et al. 1985; Biber et al.
1999; Huddleston and Pullum 2002). I propose that t
he categorizations both as aspect and as tense as
presented in these grammars have their inherent wea
knesses and are particularly de#cient when data
from varieties other than British or American Engli
sh is included. To test this assumption, I will ana
PP occurrences extracted from the
International Corpus of English
(ICE) appearing in contexts that have
traditionally been considered ungrammatical or at l
east odd. One such context is the co–occurrence of
the PP with de#nite temporal adverbials. In this ca
se, the PP is used like a simple past, which may be
taken as evidence for the tense status of the PP an
d will therefore be the focal point of the analysis.
Keywords: present perfect, temporal adverbials, International Corpus of English, variation, tense, aspect, reference grammar
Release Date: 7. November 2013