SYNTAX/SEMANTICS: grammatical feature or category expressing a temporal
relation between the event described by the verb and the moment of utterance.
Tense has been analyzed either as a morpho-syntactic feature of
INFL, or as a category T in its own right.
Traditional tense features are past, present and future.
|LIT.||Chomsky, N. (1981)|
Giorgi, A. & F. Pianesi (1991)
Gueron, J. & T. Hoekstra (1988)
Hornstein, N. (1990)
PHONOLOGY/PHONETICS: a feature which characterizes vowels that are produced with a tongue body or tongue root configuration involving a greater constriction than that found in their lax counterparts; this greater degree of constriction is frequently accompanied by greater length
(Halle & Clements (1983:7)).
EXAMPLE: In English, [I] in willis lax, while [i] in
wheel is tense.