Actuality and fake tense in conditionals

John Mackay

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Sabine Iatridou (2000) and Katrin Schulz (2014) defend accounts of the past tense in subjunctive conditionals according to which the past tense has a modal reading that excludes the world of utterance or some set of epistemically possible worlds. I argue here that these views give an unsatisfactory treatment of certain subjunctive conditionals that contain embedded indicative clauses pertaining to the actual world.

http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/sp.8.12

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conditionals; tense; actuality; counterfactuals

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/sp.8.12

License URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

ISSN: 1937-8912

Journal doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/sp