Modal interpretation of tense in subjunctive conditionals

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John Mackay


The paper gives an account of the meaning of subjunctive conditionals according to which the past tense receives a modal interpretation. The view allows the worlds of the antecedent to include the world of the context of utterance, and thus it avoids a problem pointed out by Mackay (2015) for previous modal views of the past tense in subjunctive conditionals. I argue that it also explains a variety of facts about the relationship among subjunctive morphology, counterfactuality, and presupposition.


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John Mackay, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy