3.02 Lutz Edzard; Ronny Meyer; Yvonne Treis; Ewa Wołk-Sore

Time in the languages of the Horn of Africa

Many grammatical descriptions of languages spoken in the Horn of Africa do not deal in much detail with the expression of time. Usually only a summary of various inflectional tense/aspect paradigms and their translations into English (or other languages) are provided; often not much is said about their meaning, their use in discourse and the interaction between tense, aspect and time adverbials. Typological approaches to tense/aspect consider tense a deictic category, which relates the verbal event to a reference point usually the moment of speaking. Tense markers have often grammaticalized out of lexical verbs or aspect markers. Consequently, the semantics of tense markers is very general and does usually not interact with the semantics of the verbs to which they are attached. Grammatical aspect, most commonly expressed through inflection, represents the speaker's view on a verbal event by either focusing on its boundaries (perfective), or on the situation between them (imperfective). Specific temporal phases of a verb can also be encoded by periphrastic constructions or derivation, i.e. by phrasal aspect or aktionsart. This panel aims at new insights in typological and areal-linguistic issues related to the expression of time in languages of the Horn of Africa and a better understanding of time concepts. We invite contributions on the following topics (but not necessarily limited to them):

-Typological comparisons of tense-aspect systems

-In-depth studies of tense-aspect systems in individual languages

-Studies on the grammaticalization of tense-aspect morphemes

-Papers discussing problems of categorizing grammatical morphemes as marking tense vs. aspect vs. both

-Contributions dealing with specific (or uncommon) tense-aspect categories (e.g. prospective aspect)

-Studies of the form, meaning and use of time adverbials in one language or across languages

We especially welcome contributions based on text corpora examining tense/aspect-marking in discourse.

Dr. BULAKH Maria The past and present tense of inchoative-stative verbs in Gəʕəz
Dr. CRASS Joachim Aspect (and tense?) in Hadiyya and Libido
Dr. DERIB ADO JEKALE Metaphors of time in Amharic
Mr FEKEDE MENUTA Time in the Guragina variety of Gumer
Mr FRIDMAN Iosif The role of analytical verbal constructions in the tense-aspect interplay in Amharic narrative
Ms. GUSS-KOSICKA Marlene The tense-aspect system of Tigrinya and Amharic 
Mr HENOK WONDIMU Investigating the perfect paradigm of Gamo
Prof. KAPELIUK Olga Contrastive analysis of some occurrences in the verbal systems of Amharic and Tigrinya
Ms. KRZYŻANOWSKA Magdalena Interaction of epistemic modality and time in Amharic 
Dr. MEYER Ronny On tense in Amharic and Muher (Ethiosemitic)
Dr. MULUSEW ASRATIE WONDEM Does Amharic have tense? 
Mr SHIMELIS MAZENGIA Aspect and Tense in Oromo 
Dr. TREIS Yvonne Perfective aspect(s) in Kambaata 
Dr. VANHOVE Martine The Aorist in Beja: A problematic category 
Dr. WETTER Andreas The interplay of semantics and morphology in the Tense-Aspect system of Shonke-Argobba 
Dr.  Lutz EDZARD Experiencer constructions and the resultative function of impersonal verbs in Ethio-Semitic