LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||20/MAI/2009 7:47 PM|
|Assunto:||tense / aspect|
Your guess as to what is meant is not correct Fran
It is unclear what you are referring to with the description of ‘linguistics’ as being a field in which “it would be common to call a tense an aspect.”
Why should it be acceptable for teachers, who are paid for their expertise, to confuse tense and aspect?
Aspects vary the temporal features of the verb in whatever temporal setting. The progressive/continuous by adding a sense of temporary temporal extension; and the perfect by adding ‘anteriority’ (looking back from one point in time to an earlier one).
I suppose the question is, where the established custom is incorrect (flat earth, earth centred universe etc), should one continue with that received knowledge or search for a more accurate (though possibly less comforting) explanation.
I think especially in the field of ‘education’, the obligation to strive for an accurate explanation is paramount, and outweighs the right to pass on an incorrect account of the material being described simply because that is the established habit
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