Tense, Attitudes, and Scope

  • Toshiyuki Ogihara

Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 58)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  3. Toshiyuki Ogihara
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  6. Toshiyuki Ogihara
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 247-281

About this book


Tense, Attitudes, and Scope is a model-theoretic inquiry into the semantics of tense in natural language. The book presents the view that the semantic contribution of tense is made in relation to structurally higher expressions (the `relative tense theory') and argues against the view that tenses are all indexicals. This idea is formally encoded as a de se analysis of attitudes, originally proposed by Lewis, coupled with a sequence-of-tense rule posited for English. An auxiliary proposal is made to account for some exceptional cases (e.g. so-called double-access sentences), which invokes de re attitudes about temporal entities (states or intervals). Since the proposed account assumes that the interpretation of tense is structure-dependent, it also correctly predicts scope interactions between tenses and NPs.
Tense, Attitudes, and Scope is intended for scholars and graduate students in formal semantics, syntax-semantics interface, philosophy of language and Japanese linguistics.


Index Syntax Tempora adverbial interaction language philosophy of language semantic semantics

Authors and affiliations

  • Toshiyuki Ogihara
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4640-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8609-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4662
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