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A System of Chronological Tense Logic

  • Lennart Åqvist
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Part of the Synthese Language Library book series (SLAP, volume 4)

Abstract

The present study is an exercise in what may be called metric or chronological tense logic, according to the terminology of, e.g., Prior (1967) and Rescher and Urquhart (1971). Our purpose, however, is more in the direction of Wunderlich (1970), viz., to give a logically and linguistically acceptable analysis of such current locutions in ordinary speech as date indications and Uhrzeitangaben (Sections 5 and 9 below), such as specify week days, months and days of the month (Sections 6, 7, 8 and 9), constructions relating to those just mentioned which involve tense and certain temporal conjunctions and prepositions (Section 10) as well as, finally, of some speech point related locutions involving time adverbs like ‘today’, ‘tomorrow’, ‘yesterday’, ‘next month’, ‘last Monday’, etc. and temporal prepositions such as, e.g., ‘ago’ and ‘in’ (Section 11).

Keywords

Truth Condition Formal Semantic Tense Logic Compound Operator Temporal Conjunction 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lennart Åqvist
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  1. 1.Universitat StuttgartGermany

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