Past time reference in a language with optional tense

Posted on September 19, 2016 by

Manchester postdoc Ryan Bochnak is in the latest issue of Linguistics and Philosophy with a paper on Past time reference in a language with optional tense.

The paper focuses on Washo, a language on which Ryan has carried out extensive fieldwork, and specifically the verbal suffix -uŋil, which is analysed as an optional past tense. There’s also an argument that tenseless clauses in Washo are truly tenseless rather than having a phonologically null non-future tense.

A nice feature is that the paper is available Open Access under a CC-BY 4.0 license, as all papers ought to be.

Ryan’s Newton International Fellowship unfortunately comes to an end this year. Well done, Ryan, and best of luck for the future!

Featured image: a tree from Ryan’s paper (2016: 275).

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