Future Times, Future Tenses

Hardcover | July 26, 2014

EditorPhilippe De Brabanter, Mikhail Kissine, Saghie Sharifzadeh

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Future Times, Future Tenses examines how the future is expressed by means of tense, aspect, and modality across a wide range of languages, among them French, Polish, Basque, Turkish, and West Greenlandic. From the present point of view, the future is not fixed: while there is arguably only onepast, the future is largely open and/or indeterminate. Reference to the future has thus become one of the most hotly-debated topics in contemporary linguistics: the interactions of future tense with future time, and of future tense with the semantics of possible worlds, are crucial to anysatisfactory account of temporal linguistics.This book considers and seeks a resolution to outstanding issues in the field by uniting linguistic and philosophical perspectives on future reference in natural language. Scholars from different parts of the world approach these issues from a variety of theoretical perspectives, including those oflinguistic typology, formal semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy of language. In the process they question the very validity of the traditional notion of a specific marker for future tense. The book shows the close connections between linguistic, logical, metaphysical, ontological, andepistemological issues concerning the future and reveals the value of linking linguistic considerations of tense and aspect to philosophical approaches to modality and time.

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Future Times, Future Tenses examines how the future is expressed by means of tense, aspect, and modality across a wide range of languages, among them French, Polish, Basque, Turkish, and West Greenlandic. From the present point of view, the future is not fixed: while there is arguably only onepast, the future is largely open and/or ind...

Philippe De Brabanter holds a PhD in Linguistics from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (2002). A member of Institut Jean Nicod and Maitre de Conferences at Universite Paris-Sorbonne until 2012, he currently teaches English linguistics at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. His research has centred on the semantics-pragmatics interface...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:July 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Philippe De Brabanter, Mikhail Kissine, and Saghie Sharifzadeh: Introduction2. Isidora Stojanovic: Talking about the Future: Unsettled truth and assertion3. Fabio Del Prete: The interpretation of indefinites in future tense sentences: A novel argument for the modality of will4. Bridget Copley: Causal chains for futurates5. Richard M. Weist: Future temporal reference in child language6. Naja Trondhjem: Markers of futurity and aspect in West Greenlandic7. Gerd Jendraschek: Future tense, prospective aspect, and irrealis mood as part of the situation perspective: Insights from Basque, Turkish, and Papuan8. Joanna Blaszczak, Patrycja Jablonska, Dorota Klimek-Jankowska, and Krzystof Migdalski: The riddle of 'Future Tense' in Polish9. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: On future in commands10. Victoria Escandell-Vidal: Evidential futures: The case of Spanish11. Louis de Saussure: Future reference and current relevance with the French composed past