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Subjunctive Conditionals: A Linguistic Analysis

Michela Ippolito


This book proposes a compositional semantics for subjunctive (or would) conditionals in English that accounts for their felicity conditions and the constraints on the satisfaction of their presuppositions by capitalizing on the occurrence of past tense morphology in both antecedent and consequent clauses. Very little of the extensive literature on subjunctive conditionals tries to account for the meaning of these sentences compositionally or to relate this meaning to their linguistic form; this book fills that gap, connecting the different lines of research on conditionals. The book reviews pr ... More

Keywords: compositional semantics, subjunctive conditionals, felicity conditions, presuppositions, past tense morphology, antecedent clauses, consequent clauses, modality, counterfactuals, linguistic intuitions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780262019484
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019484.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michela Ippolito, author