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Eddie Williams (1): The present perfect in English media discourse in the UK. VIAL. Number 3/2006: 9-26.
This article explores a non-standard use of the present perfect which
has hitherto received little attention in the literature. After first
reviewing recent changes in English usage, we examine general rules for
the use of the present perfect in standard English, noting that the
"rule" that the present perfect may not co-occur with past time
adverbials is often flouted. The novel use of the present perfect is
then addressed, using examples form UK media. It consists of employing
the present perfect, together with the past simple, to narrate events
within a past frame. It is argued that the perfect is deployed to
render certain narrative episodes more vivid; it is not susceptible to
standard explanations, and is currently only available in non-standard
English. Whether it will move from this point to be accepted into
standard English remains to be seen.
(1) University of Bangor, UK.
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