Counterfactuality and past

  title={Counterfactuality and past},
  author={Kilu von Prince},
  journal={Linguistics and Philosophy},
  • Kilu von Prince
  • Published 1 December 2019
  • Computer Science
  • Linguistics and Philosophy
Many languages have past-and-counterfactuality markers such as English simple past. There have been various attempts to find a common definition for both uses, but I will argue in this paper that they all have problems with (a) ruling out unacceptable interpretations, or (b) accounting for the contrary-to-fact implicature of counterfactual conditionals, or (c) predicting the observed cross-linguistic variation, or a combination thereof. By combining insights from two basic lines of reasoning, I… 
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