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This chapter presents a list of terms and concepts relevant to the discussion of a simple standard model of tense and aspect for German. The denotation of the root sentence (a set of eventualities) with the semantic contribution of temporal adverbials, tense and aspect are introduced. Temporal adverbials are particularly important players in the investigation of free indirect discourse; and they have been most prominently noted to be context shifters in earlier literature. The book analyses the logic of free indirect discourse and offers a framework to represent multiple ways in which words betray the speaker's feelings and attitude. It traces the subtle ways in which story texts can offer information about protagonists.

Keywords: German; semantic contribution of temporal adverbials; tense



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