temporal remoteness and relativity
Klecha, Peter and M. Ryan Bochnak. 2016. Temporal remoteness and relativity. Proceedings of NELS 46.

Keywords. tense, complex tense, embedding, relative tense, temporal remoteness

Abstract. This paper argues for a relative treatment of tense in Luganda (Bantu). We show that tense can be iterated within a main clause in Luganda, by the spell-out of tense features on dummy verbs. Because Luganda three gradient past tenses (recent past, intermediate past, distant past) it can be shown that these each tenses is interpreted as relative to the tense which immediately embeds it. We explore the consequences of this proposal for aspect and clausally embedded tense.