ERIC Number: ED069184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
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Time Focus within the Japanese Tense System.
Papers in Japanese Linguistics, v1 n1 p52-68 Jun 1972
It has been generally understood that Japanese has two grammatical tenses, past and non-past. However, there are statements about future events which use the "past tense." Furthermore, for certain verbs, the "past tense" is not confined to describing strictly a past event. This paper seeks to clarify the meaning of tense in Japanese and to show the relationship between grammatical tense in a sentence and the extra-linguistic time of events by introducing the notion of focus. Tense is examined in main and dependent clauses. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Japanese Linguistics Workshop.
Note: Earlier version presented March 11, 1972 to the International Linguistic Association, New York, New York