It is, was, will be, or would be? The puzzles of tenses and moods in French Cover Image
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Jest, był, będzie czy byłby? Zagadki czasów i trybów w języku francuskim
It is, was, will be, or would be? The puzzles of tenses and moods in French

Author(s): Katarzyna Kwapisz-Osadnik
Subject(s): Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Picturing; data processing; French; tense; mood
Summary/Abstract: This volume is addressed not only to teachers, students, and all intermediate and advanced learners of French, but also to those who study other languages and wish to expand their general knowledge of how people perceive the reality, how they process data, how they encode them in language, and, finally, how they construct utterances. The book explains the use and function of tenses and moods in French, at the same time drawing attention to the fact that the same situation may be expressed with various tenses and moods. With the help of well-chosen figures and a style of exposition which resembles a conversation with the reader, it describes the process of choosing a particular tense and/or mood in an accessible way, pointing to the mechanisms of processing data by native speakers. In this way, it demonstrates in what ways French speakers picture various situations and what grammatical and lexical consequences these visualisations entail. The book includes also verb conjugation patterns, with particular emphasis on high-frequency verbs. A separate chapter discusses the choice of the auxiliary verb in complex tenses. The book will be of interest to those who enjoy learning languages, are fond of puzzles, and do not avoid challenges.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-83-226-3491-2
  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-83-226-3490-5
  • Page Count: 166
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish