Adverbs and Events

  • M. J. Cresswell
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 28)


There are two basic approaches to the analysis of adverbial constructions in formalized representations of English. One is to follow Richard Montague1 and treat them as sentential operators of the same syntactical category as not.2 The other is to follow Donald Davidson3 and represent them in the predicate calculus with the aid of an extra argument place in the verb to be modified. Montague’s approach requires an intensional language and so there seems no hope of fitting his analysis into Davidson’s programme. It is, however, possible to incorporate Davidson’s analysis into an intensional language. In this paper I indicate why this may be desirable and then shew how it can be done in a way which satisfies the rather strict conditions imposed in [12] on the relation between ordinary English and the representing formal language.


Modal Logic Propositional Attitude Ordinary Language Syntactic Category Comparison Class 
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  • M. J. Cresswell
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyVictoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

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