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What is a perfect state?
(Cascadilla Press, 2004)
Although many previous studies have tried to explain the English perfect’s various readings, none of them have been entirely successful. In this article, we argue that the perfect is pragmatically, rather than semantically, ...
The discourse functions of the present perfect
(John Benjamins, 2008)
The interpretation of the present perfect is often assumed to require pragmatic inferences. However, what rules speakers use to perform these pragmatic inferences is not clear. This paper reports two corpus studies of the ...
The perfect in context: A corpus study
(University of Pennsylvania, 2006)
Several recent studies of the English present perfect have argued that its interpretation requires addressees to draw pragmatic inferences (Portner 2003; Borillo et al. 2004; Nishiyama and Koenig 2004). Portner (2003) ...