Overlap and divergence : aspects of the present perfect in World Englishes

Faculty/Professorship: English and Historical Linguistics  
Author(s): Werner, Valentin  
Title of the compilation: World Englishes : New theoretical and methodological considerations
Editors: Seoane, Elena; Suárez-Gómez, Christina
Publisher Information: Amsterdam : Benjamins
Year of publication: 2016
Pages: 113-142
ISBN: 9789027249173
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1075/veaw.g57.06wer
This study provides an analysis of the Present Perfect (PrPf; have + V-en) in World Englishes. To this end, I extract occurrences of the PrPf from the International Corpus of English and annotate them manually for various factors (such as semantics, Aktionsart, temporal adverbials). I analyze the distributions of these factors and define a central PrPf context, while I also explore a multidimensional aggregative approach as a means to establish measures of similarity between the different varieties. In addition, I present a measure of PrPf-friendliness and examine alternative surface forms appearing in perfect contexts. Eventually I relate the findings to existing models of World Englishes, whose applicability I critically review in the light of the findings for the feature under investigation.
Keywords: present perfect, World Englishes, tense, time-reference, International Corpus of English
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Contribution to an Articlecollection
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/40463
Year of publication: 23. May 2016