Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Time and Modality

Editors: Guéron, Jacqueline, Lecarme, Jacqueline (Eds.)

  • The only book to treat the specific problem of the interaction of semantic, syntactic and even lexical principles in the construal of tense and modality
  • Brings together the contributions of the leading authors in the field
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Time and Modality is a unique work of reference; not only does it unite studies which explore the syntax and semantics of tense or modality but it is the first book of its kind to embrace the interaction of tense and modality within a coherent generative model. Various topics are covered in this volume: among them are the counterfactual uses of conditionals, modals, and past tense; the irrealis use of perfective aspect; a special English subjunctive; the interaction of tense assignment and the definition of an event; the modal verb as a causative verb; the interaction of modality, tense, and aktionsart; the contrast between deontic and epistemic modal with respect to tense interpretation; the syntax of epistemic modals; the long-awaited definition of generic and habitual sentence; and the introduction of intensionality in copular clauses.

Although every article deals with English to some degree, two chapters compare the syntax and semantics of tense and modality in Spanish vs English. The authors also investigate Slavic, Germanic, Afro-Asiatic, Oriental, Amerindian Languages and Hungarian.

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"The theme of this volume is the grammatical relations between tense and modality. … the book helps to develop a perspective on tense and modality and their grammaticalization cross-linguistically. The individual articles of this book present the most current advances in research on these topics. Thus, I believe students and researchers who look for detailed analyses on the syntax and semantics of modality and tense will very much benefit from this book." (Nilüfer G. Sener, The Linguist, April, 2009)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Pages 1-15

  • Patterns in the Semantics of Generic Sentences

    Carlson, Greg

    Pages 17-38

  • Intensional Subjects and Indirect Contextual Anchoring

    Comorovski, Ileana

    Pages 39-57

  • Temporal Orientation in Conditionals

    Copley, Bridget

    Pages 59-77

  • On the Temporal Syntax of Non-Root Modals

    Demirdache, Hamida (et al.)

    Pages 79-113

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eBook $209.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Time and Modality
Editors
  • Jacqueline Guéron
  • Jacqueline Lecarme
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
75
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8354-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8354-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8353-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7853-7
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 296
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