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Time and Modality

  • 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

Part of the book series: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (SNLT, volume 75)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    Pages 1-15
  3. Temporal Orientation in Conditionals

    • Bridget Copley
    Pages 59-77
  4. On the Temporal Syntax of Non-Root Modals

    • Hamida Demirdache, Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria
    Pages 79-113
  5. How to Say Ought in Foreign: The Composition of Weak Necessity Modals

    • Kai von Fintel, Sabine Iatridou
    Pages 115-141
  6. On the Temporal Function of Modal Verbs

    • Jacqueline Guéron
    Pages 143-172
  7. The English Perfect and the Metaphysics of Events

    • James Higginbotham
    Pages 173-193
  8. Tense and Modality in Nominals

    • Jacqueline Lecarme
    Pages 195-225
  9. Time With and Without Tense

    • Carlota S. Smith
    Pages 227-249
  10. The English Konjunktiv II

    • Tim Stowell
    Pages 251-272
  11. Back Matter

    Pages 293-296

About this book

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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From the reviews:

"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)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Université Paris 3, Sorbonne, France

    Jacqueline Guéron

  • Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle, CNRS - Université Paris 7, France

    Jacqueline Lecarme

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