No explanation for the historical present: Temporal sequencing and discourse

  • Pranav Anand
  • Maziar Toosarvandani

Abstract

Discourses in the historical (or narrative) use of the simple present in English prohibit backshifting, though they allow forward sequencing. Unlike both reference time theories and discourse coherence theories of these temporal inferences, we propose that backshifting has a different source from narrative progression. In particular, we argue that backshifting arises through anaphora to a salient event in the preceding discourse
Published
2019-05-15
How to Cite
Anand, P., & Toosarvandani, M. (2019). No explanation for the historical present: Temporal sequencing and discourse. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 22(1), 73-90. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2018.v22i1.66