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Subjunctive ConditionalsA Linguistic Analysis$
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Michela Ippolito

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019484

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019484.001.0001

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. Temporal Mismatches in Subjunctive Conditionals

. Temporal Mismatches in Subjunctive Conditionals

(p.20) (p.21) 2. Temporal Mismatches in Subjunctive Conditionals
Subjunctive Conditionals

Michela Ippolito

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the contrast between future simple past subjunctive conditionals and future past perfect subjunctive conditionals. It reviews proposals made to account for this contrast and discusses their strengths and weaknesses. These include Ogihara’s proposal, which is concerned with explaining the properties of past perfect future counterfactuals within the framework of formal semantics; the suggestion that the difference between simple past and past perfect subjunctive conditionals about the future is aspectual; and that the different behavior of simple past and past perfect future subjunctive conditionals has to do with whether or not their presuppositions (i.e., the presuppositions in the antecedent and those in the consequent not entailed by the antecedent) are required to “project”.

Keywords:   simple past subjunctive conditionals, past perfect subjunctive conditionals, Ogihara, semantics, counterfactuals, presuppositions

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