'To be tensed or not to be tensed?' The case of Vietnamese

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Trang Phan
Nigel Duffield


In this paper, we scrutinise the interpretation and distribution of a number of morphemes that serve as means of expressing temporal/aspectual relations in Vietnamese, investigating whether they should treated as genuine tense and aspect markers. The main goals of the study are two-fold: (i) empirically, to offer a comprehensive description of Vietnamese tense and aspect, in both pre-verbal and post-verbal domains; (ii) theoretically, to offer new pieces of evidence supporting the claim that Tense and Aspect exist as independent functional categories in Vietnamese.


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Phan, T., & Duffield, N. (2019). ’To be tensed or not to be tensed?’ The case of Vietnamese. Investigationes Linguisticae, 41, 105-125. https://doi.org/10.14746/il.2018.41.8