L'unité de l'imparfait: vues théoriques et perspectives pour les apprenants du français, langue étrangère

Translated title of the contribution: The unit imperfect: theoretical views and perspectives for learners of French as a foreign language

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Abstract

Given the diversity of uses of the French imparfait, there is no unanimity about the nature – or even the existence – of a semantic invariant that may characterize it. The present article aims on the one hand at recapitulating the attempted temporal, aspectual and discursive descriptions of the imparfait found in contemporary research. A personal description of that tense based on the concepts of time, aspect and Aktionsart is then proposed ; it is thought such description may account for that tense multiplicity of uses. On the other hand, because of the necessity of a dialogue between theoretical and applied linguistics, this article will also consider the potential contribution of the suggested invariant to the teaching of French as a foreign language.
Translated title of the contributionThe unit imperfect: theoretical views and perspectives for learners of French as a foreign language
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)157-184
Number of pages28
JournalTravaux de Linguistique
Volume45
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • pedagogy
  • aktionsart
  • semantic invariant
  • semantic interpretation
  • grammatical aspect
  • tense
  • imperfect
  • language teaching
  • pragmatics
  • semantics
  • pédagogie
  • mode d'action
  • français langue étrangère
  • invariant sémantique
  • interprétation sémantique
  • ispect grammatical
  • temps grammatical
  • imparfait
  • enseignement des langues
  • pragmatique
  • Sémantique

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