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Tense, Attitudes, and Scope

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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.

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Titel: Tense, Attitudes, and Scope
Autoren/Herausgeber: T. Ogihara
Aus der Reihe: Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Ausgabe: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 1996

ISBN/EAN: 9789048146406

Seitenzahl: 282
Format: 22,9 x 15,2 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 450 g
Sprache: Englisch

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