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C02 - Tense and aspect in discourse

In phase II, the project includes argumentative orientation into its account of temporal discourse structure. Argumentative relations strengthen, weaken or contrast inferences. They determine the orientation of discourse and guide the expectations of the listener. The project investigates their interaction with temporal discourse structure with respect to the prominence of propositions. It analyses the interplay of argumentative connectors and tense-aspect forms in the Romance languages French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. The project combines corpus research and experimental methods.

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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

Deputy Postdoc representative, Postdoc C02

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


Lisa Gerks

Doctoral student C02

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


Anja Hankeln

Student Assistant C02

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 3.04
E-Mail: adovere2(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89919


Viktoria Henn

Student Assistant C02

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


To appear

  • Becker, Martin. To appear. A tradição do pensamento universalista e a Grammatica Philosophica de Lingua Portugueza de João Soares Barbosa. In Benjamin Meisnitzer & Yvonne Hendrich (eds.), Lingua e identidade no mundo lusófono - Sprache und Identität in der lusophonen Welt. Ibidem.
  • Becker, Martin. To appear. Free indirect discourse, quotative readings and the Romance imperfect. Italian Journal of Linguistics.
  • Becker, Martin. To appear. More about the PPC – the PPC and its interaction with quantifiers in a diachronic perspective. In David Paul Gerards, Benjamin Meisnitzer & Albert Wall (eds.), Micro-Variation and its impact on the system(s) of Portuguese (= special issue of PhiN, Philologie im Netz). 
  • Becker, Martin. To appear. Zeit, Tempus und Erzählperspektive in Kebir Ammis Sur les pas de Saint Augustin. Romanische Forschungen.





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).

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