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The Nature and Structure of Content$
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Jeffrey C. King

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226061

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226061.001.0001

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Tense, Modality, and Propositions

Tense, Modality, and Propositions

(p.164) 6 Tense, Modality, and Propositions
The Nature and Structure of Content

Jeffrey C. King (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter clarifies the nature of propositions considered as semantic values, the nature of a compositional assignment of semantic values to sentences, and the nature of the circumstances at which propositions are evaluated for truth and falsity. Challenge to the motivation for positing propositions mentioned in the Introduction is addressed. It is argued that modal operators are distinctively different from tenses and place expressions, in that the former operate on propositions and the latter do not.

Keywords:   propositions, semantic values, sentences, truth, failsity, modal operators

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