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Tense as Distance in If-conditionals

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Authors
Cho, EJin
Issue Date
2005
Publisher
Seoul National University Department of English Language and Literature
Citation
SNU Working Papers in English Language and Linguistics, 193-215
Keywords
Degree of hypotheticality; domain of conditionality; epistemic distance; if-conditionals; mental space; tense; VIEWPOINT
Abstract
Formal features in conditionals play a role in signaling meanings to interpret conditionals. The present study focuses on verb form use as tense markers in conditionals. Verb forms function as revealing the domain of conditionality as well as degree of hypotheticality in conditionals. Hypothetical meaning of conditionals comes from the metaphorically extended function of tense as distance. Domain of conditionality can be signaled with the relation between spaces for the protasis and the apodosis with respect to VIEWPOINT.
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/2511
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College of Humanities (인문대학)English Language and Literature (영어영문학과)SNU working papers in English language and linguisticsSNU working papers in English language and linguistics Vol.04 (2005)
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