Fake Tense in conditional sentences: a modal approach

  title={Fake Tense in conditional sentences: a modal approach},
  author={Katrin Schulz},
  journal={Natural Language Semantics},
  • K. Schulz
  • Published 27 March 2014
  • Linguistics
  • Natural Language Semantics
Many languages allow for “fake” uses of their past tense marker: the marker: can occur in certain contexts without conveying temporal pastness. Instead it appears to bear a modal meaning. Iatridou (Linguist Inq 31(2):231–270, 2000) has dubbed this phenomenon Fake Tense. Fake Tense is particularly common to conditional constructions. This paper analyzes Fake Tense in English conditional sentences as a certain kind of ambiguity: the past tense morphology can mark the presence of a temporal… 
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