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This project is motivated by the fact that the conventional approaches to tense and aspect are based primarily on the properties of the European languages and in some cases on the special characteristics of English. Thus, many theoretical approaches and computational implementations are based on notions and tools useful for European languages but hardly applicable to a typologically wider range of data. The aim for our project is to identify the relevant morphological pieces and to devise a computationally viable semantic representation of tense and aspect for a collection of languages that have been developed by participants in the ParGram Project, such as English, Georgian, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Norwegian, Polish, Turkish, Urdu and Wolof.

The project on Tense and Aspect in Multilingual Semantic Construction is funded by the Nuance Foundation, INC.