The Function and Semantics of the Perfect in Indo-European Languages
Time period: 2015-11-01 to 2015-11-30
Project leader: Carina Jahani
Funder: Swedish Research Council
Type of award: International cooperation
Total fundning: 121 000 SEK
The perfect occupies a special place within the verb systems of the world’s languages. It typically expresses features associated with tense, aspect, and aktionsart. As such, the perfect defies reduction to explanation within the parameters of a single grammatical category. It is this tendency that makes the perfect so difficult to define on the one hand, and leads on the other to diverse developments in its function and semantics.The conference “The Perfect in Indo-European Languages” will discuss the semantics and function of the perfect for the Indo-European languages, analyse its development, and discuss those characteristics that are shared by IE languages at its various stages of attestation. As a result we aim to give a synchronic and diachronic typological overview of the grammatical category for related languages. This will also involve discussion of the question of the functional and semantic range of the Proto-Indo-European perfect.This Conference will be of a special impact for the Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, because there are several researchers here who are working on Indo-European languages (Greek, Latin, Indology and Comparative Indo-European studies, Iranian studies) and in the field of general linguistics. It will also be important for researchers at the Department of Modern languages (Slavic, Romance, Germanic). A number of international experts in the field under study have been engaged for this conference.