Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0929-7332
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9919



Most Romance languages share a grammaticalized construction to refer to events in the recent past, e.g. the in French and the in Spanish. In English, typically a alongside the adverb is used to convey this meaning, commonly referred to as (Comrie 1985) or (McCawley 1971). We show the French leads to a reading of immediate anteriority, which blocks readings that are available for the (Bres & Labeau 2015). In a parallel corpus study, we find that the Spanish and French forms have a similar distribution, and the Germanic languages generally use in translation. We then provide a DRT analysis to derive immediate anteriority compositionally.

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Keyword(s): compositional semantics; DRT; hot news perfect; recent past; translation
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