Text, Time, and Context

Selected Papers of Carlota S. Smith

  • Richard P.  Meier
  • Helen Aristar-Dry
  • Emilie Destruel

Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 87)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lxiv
  2. Aspect

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 2-6
    2. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 7-23
    3. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 25-59
    4. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 61-86
  3. Tense

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 88-94
    2. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 147-160
    3. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 161-182
    4. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 183-201
  4. The Acquisition of Tense

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 204-208
  5. Discourse Structure and Discourse Modes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 240-248
    2. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 273-283
    3. Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 285-302
    4. Carlota S. Smith, Mary S. Erbaugh
      Pages 303-342
  6. Context and Interpretation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 344-348
    2. Jeanne T. Whitaker, Carlota S. Smith
      Pages 349-369

About this book


Carlota S. Smith was a key figure in linguistic research and a pioneering woman in generative linguistics. This selection of papers focuses on the research into tense, aspect, and discourse that Smith completed while Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. Smith, who died in 2007, was a trailblazer in her field whose broad interests fed into her scholarly research.

Selected by Carlota Smith herself and by her longtime friends and colleagues, this book contains her 1980 piece on temporal structures in discourse, her 1986 comparison of the English and French aspectual systems, a 1996 paper on the aspect system in Navajo (an increasingly-endangered language which Smith worked to preserve), and her 1980 and 1993 papers on the child’s acquisition of tense and aspect.

The current volume of articles covers much of her most fruitful work on the way in which language is used to express time, and will be essential reading for many working and studying in linguistics generally and in semantics particularly.


Syntax Tempora aspect grammar language language acquisition linguistics semantic semantics subject syntactic

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard P.  Meier
    • 1
  • Helen Aristar-Dry
    • 2
  • Emilie Destruel
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Liberal ArtsUniversity of Texas, AustinAustinU.S.A.
  2. 2.Inst. Language Information & TechnologyEasternMichigan UniversityYpsilantiU.S.A.
  3. 3.College of Liberal ArtsUniversity of Texas, AustinAustinU.S.A.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-2617-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-2616-3
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-2617-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4662
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