Time and Modality

  • Jacqueline Guéron
  • Jacqueline Lecarme

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Pages 1-15
  3. Bridget Copley
    Pages 59-77
  4. Hamida Demirdache, Myriam Uribe-Etxebarria
    Pages 79-113
  5. Kai von Fintel, Sabine Iatridou
    Pages 115-141
  6. Jacqueline Guéron
    Pages 143-172
  7. James Higginbotham
    Pages 173-193
  8. Jacqueline Lecarme
    Pages 195-225
  9. Carlota S. Smith
    Pages 227-249
  10. 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.


Syntax Tempora interaction modal verbs past tense perfect semantic semantics subject

Editors and affiliations

  • Jacqueline Guéron
    • 1
  • Jacqueline Lecarme
    • 2
  1. 1.Université Paris 3SorbonneFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Linguistique FormelleCNRS - Université Paris 7France

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