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Venue: University of Uppsala

Date: 29 September – 1 October 2016

Carina Jahani (Dept. of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University)
Robert Crellin (University of Cambridge)
Thomas Jügel (UMR – Mondes iranien et indien, INaLCO, Paris)

This is a symposium with invited speakers. We welcome everybody who is interested to attend.

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 symposium "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.

How to contact us:
For questions about the conference, please contact the organisers of the conference at this email: ling-perfect@lists.uu.se

Last update 2016-09-22