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C02 - Tense and aspect in discourse

Project C02 investigates the temporal structuring of discourse, i.e. the aspectual shaping, temporal anchoring, ordering and perspectivizing of eventualities. This kind of prominence structure is based on tense-aspect categories in interplay with situation types, co-textual information (e.g. adverbs) and interpretational mechanisms (e.g. coherence relations). We compare French and Spanish corpus data. Additionally, Italian is treated. A doctoral subproject investigates Portuguese. We verify our findings through acceptability tests.

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Prof. Dr. Martin Becker

Principal Investigator C02

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.313
E-mail: martin.becker1(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-2832
Web: Prof. Dr. Martin Becker


Dr. Jakob Egetenmeyer

Postdoc C02

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 3.04
E-mail: j.egetenmeyer(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89919
Web: Dr. Jakob Egetenmeyer


Lukas Müller

Doctoral student

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 3.04
E-mail: lukas.mueller(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89919
Web: Lukas Müller


Laila López Armbruster

Student Assistant C02

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 3.04
E-mail: llopeza1(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89919


David Wick

Student assistant C02

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 3.04
E-mail: dwick1(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89919

List of publications

In print

  • Becker, Martin. Accepted. Das Pretérito Perfeito Composto - ein Perfekt? Zur Semantik und Diachronie der ter + Partizip-Konstruktion. In Arden, Mathias, Benjamin Meisnitzer & Elissa Pustka (eds.), Zwischen Sprechen und Sprache. Frankfurt a. M. et al.: Lang. 
  • Becker, Martin. Accepted. More about the PPC - the PPC and its interaction with quantifiers in a diachronic perspective. In Gerards, David, Benjamin Meisnitzer & Albert Wall (eds.), Ruído branco ou efeitos borboleta.
  • Becker, Martin. In print. O Pretérito Perfeito Composto (PPC) na história do português no Brasil. In Ilaro, Rodolfo & Renato Basso (eds.), História Semântica do Português Brasileiro (= História do português brasileiro), 1-38. São Paulo: Editora Contexto.
  • Egetenmeyer, Jakob. Accepted. Temporal Prominence demotion with time updating imparfait uses in Camus’ L’Étranger. In Corre, Eric, Danh-Thành Do-Hurinville & Huy-Linh Dao (eds.), Linguistic approaches to Tense, Aspect, Modality, Evidentiality, based on the Novel L’Etranger (“The Stranger”) by Albert Camus, and its Translations. Paris 17-18 November 2017 (= Lingvisticæ Investigationes Supplementa). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.  



Event organization

  • Organization of the workshop "Ways of Reference in Romance Languages" held from 27th-28th September 2018, joint work with C03 and B04.
  • Section 12: "Tempus, Aspekt und Diskursstruktur" at the 36th Romanistentag from 29.09. to 02.10.2019 in Kassel (Jakob Egetenmeyer, Sarah Dessì Schmid and Martin Becker).