© 1985

Adverbial Modification

Interval Semantics and Its Rivals


Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. M. J. Cresswell
    Pages 1-12
  3. M. J. Cresswell
    Pages 13-39
  4. M. J. Cresswell
    Pages 41-66
  5. M. J. Cresswell
    Pages 67-95
  6. M. J. Cresswell
    Pages 97-141
  7. M. J. Cresswell
    Pages 143-171
  8. M. J. Cresswell
    Pages 173-192
  9. M. J. Cresswell
    Pages 193-220
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 221-231

About this book


Adverbial modification is probably one of the least understood areas of linguistics. The essays in this volume all address the problem of how to give an analysis of adverbial modifiers within truth-conditional semantics. Chapters I-VI provide analyses of particular modifiers within a possible­ worlds framework, and were written between 1974 and 1981. Original publication details of these chapters may be found on p. vi. Of these, all but Chapter I make essential use of the idea that the time reference involved in tensed sentences should be a time interval rather than a single instant. The final chapter (Chapter VII) was written especially for this volume and investigates the question of how the 'situation semantics' recently devised by Jon Barwise and John Perry, as a rival to possible-worlds semantics, might deal with adverbs. In addition I have included an appendix to Chapter III and an introduction which links all the chapters together.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyVictoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Adverbial Modification
  • Book Subtitle Interval Semantics and Its Rivals
  • Authors M.J. Cresswell
  • Series Title Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-2059-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-2060-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-5414-4
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 232
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
    Philosophy of Language
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