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Default SemanticsFoundations of a Compositional Theory of Acts of Communication$
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K. M. Jaszczolt

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261987

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261987.001.0001

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Futurity and English will

Futurity and English will

(p.147) 6 Futurity and English will
Default Semantics

K.M. Jaszczolt (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter defends a thesis of temporality as a species of modality. As a preliminary study of temporality as modality, it focuses on futurity in English and various ways of expressing it, as well as on various (future and non-future modal) uses to which the English auxiliary will can be put. Degrees of modality are proposed, including merger representations for the pertinent constructions, in which an amended version of Grice’s sentential operator Acc is used to capture types and degrees of modality of the constructions.

Keywords:   temporality, theories of time, modality, acceptability operator

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