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1 CLLE-ERSS - Cognition, Langues, Langage, Ergonomie

Abstract : The chapter considers two semantic issues concerning will-sentences: Stalnaker-s Asymmetry and modal subordination in Karttunen-type discourses. The former points to a distinction between will and modal verbs, seeming to show that will does not license non-specific indefinites. The latter, conversely, suggests that will-sentences involve some kind of modality. To account for the data, the chapter proposes that will is semantically a tense, hence it doesn-t contribute a quantifier over modal alternatives; a modal feature, however, is introduced in the interpretation of a will-sentence through a supervaluational strategy universally quantifying over possible futures. That this is not part of will-s lexical semantics is shown to have consequences that ultimately contribute to explain Stalnaker-s Asymmetry. Furthermore, that a modal quantification is present in the interpretation of a will-sentence is shown to imply the availability of modal subordination in Karttunen-type discourses. Since the modal feature is not due to will-s semantics but to a presumably universal property of the underlying temporal model, the observed modal behaviour is not viewed as a contingent property of will, and modal interpretations of future tense markers are expected to be available cross-linguistically.

Keywords : Future Modality Tense Non-specific indefinites Modal subordination Supervaluations Branching Time





Autor: Fabio Del Prete -

Fuente: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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