Jesse Goulet wrote:Eeli Kaikkonen wrote:Wallace writes clearly, is easy and light to read
Are you serious? It took everyone in my class 10 minutes just to understand the first page. We all ended up skimming through our weekly reading because none of us had the time to stop and actually try to figure out what Wallace was talking about.
I'm serious, but it may be a matter of taste, and depend on what you already know. I'm curious to know what page you are referring to.
Jesse Goulet wrote:Has he changed his mind at all since 1995?
Difficult to say - I haven't seen him commenting on this. "Not at all" would be an overstatement because so much has been said since -95, but I would bet my money on "not turned around".
Jesse Goulet wrote:I just want whatever the basic consensus is for now. I don't plan on getting into details of things until later on.
I think the consensus is that there is the thing called aspect, it's imperfective for present and imperfect "tenses" and perfective for aorist. It's the basic meaning of "tense" forms in all moods. Almost everything else is debated, and my definition could be debated, too. The hot issue is, as already noted, whether "tense" indicates time in indicative or not, but there are quite many smaller issues.