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Historical inscription/texts and the present day (problem of presentism)

I am not sure if this would be considered specifically linguistics but more so an amalgamation of history, linguistics and philosophy. I just want more perspective on this question that I have been ...
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Are there languages that wouldn't use present tense to describe what is in a picture?

Since "present tense" might not be meaningful for some languages, the question could better be phrased as "Are there languages that wouldn't describe the actions in a picture with the same tenses or ...
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linguistic term for those not immediatly present

Is there a term (or terms) in linguistics for speaking about those not immediately present? Something like Mental Time Travel (Chronesthesia). In other words people can speak of those not here right ...
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Is there a language in which the present tense expresses only present time reference?

Is there a language in which the present tense exactly expresses present time reference? English may use present tense to express past events(known as historical present) and future events(especially ...
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Meta-operational grammar

On the bottom page 6 of this paper, the author starts describing Henri Adamczewski's meta-operational grammar theory. What the author says is complete Latin to me, a complete newbie. Can anyone of ...
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Theory of Enunciative Operations and the present progressive

Please, take a look at this answer from English.SE. I have spent a lot of time trying to understand what the poster meant, but to no avail. His suggestion nicely deals with the cases of be, need and ...
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Epistemic modality and the present tense in English

In this paper by Astrid De Wit and Frank Brisard, a unified semantics for the English present tense is proposed. According to their view, the present tense is all about epistemic modality: the ...
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Can present tense be more marked?

Are there languages that overtly mark present tense, rather than future/past? In other words, is the present ever more marked? There doesn't seem to be a way to search for it in WALS, unfortunately.
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What is the present tense expressing future?

Perhaps this question has been asked before, I may have looked for the wrong terms then because I haven't found the answer. I would like to know more about the usage of the present tense in sentences ...
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Why does it appear certain Georgian verbs take preverbs in present forms?

Georgian verbal morphology includes a concept called a preverb, which has several functions compounded into one morpheme: distinguishes present (without preverb) from future (with preverb) adds ...
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How did the present continuous in English get to be such a dominant present tense?

In French if I write the sentence Je mange le déjeuner it would/could be the same as if I am saying I am eating lunch. What is going on in French goes on in a number of the other Romance ...
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