Compositionality in the domain of tense, mood and aspect



In October this year Cambridge University Press will publish The Compositional Nature of Tense, Mood and Aspect, written by Henk Verkuyl (UiLOTS, Utrecht). The title of this book clearly alludes to the PhD defended in Utrecht on Friday 15 October 1971, called On the Compositional Nature of the Aspects. It was published in 1972 without substantial corrections. The fact that October 15 this year will fall on a Friday was such a nice coincidence that it was impossible to escape from the idea that the book could be presented on that very day in a celebratory setting of some sort, exactly fifty years later. This has been developed into the more concrete idea of a workshop with distinguished speakers working in the domain of tense, aspect and mood who could connect their contribution to topics broached in the new book. The book addresses both linguists and logicians, so we are happy that UiLOTS (Utrecht) and ILLC (Amsterdam) have joined forces in organizing this workshop.




Workshop: 15 October 2021, 13:00 - 17:00

Location: Paushuize, Kromme Nieuwegracht 49 in the centre of Utrecht, 100 meters away from the Academy Building.

Participation is free, but we ask all participants to register. The registration form can be found here. Please note that due to the current corona measures, the venue is required to ask for your CoronaCheck QR code. For those who are unable to attend, a livestream of the talks will be available.



  • Nick Bezhanishvili (ILLC, VvL)
  • Norbert Corver (UiL-OTS)
  • Reinhard Muskens (ILLC)
  • Maaike Schoorlemmer (UiL-OTS)


Institute for Logic, Language and ComputationUtrecht Institute of Linguistics OTSThe Dutch Association for Logic and
Philosophy of the Exact Sciences