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2003b). The morpho-semantics of Warlpiri counterfactual conditionals

By Julie Anne Legate


Iatridou (2000) presents a morphosemantic theory of counterfactual conditionals in which past tense morphology is crucially implicated. Some subsequent work investigates how counterfactuality is realized in languages that lack tense (see Rackowski 1998 for Tagalog and Nevins 2002 for Chinese). In this squib I address a different issue: the morphosemantics of counterfactualityin Warlpiri, a language that has past morphology, but fails to use it in counterfactuals. I show that despite this prima facie challenge, the Warlpiri data provide additional support for Iatridou’s theory. Iatridou (2000) observes for a range of languages that counterfactuals necessarilydisplay past tense morphology,which fails to contribute a past interpretation. This is illustrated in (1) for English future less vivid (FLV) conditionals, 1 present counterfactuals (PresCF), and past counterfactuals (PstCF). (1) a. FL

Year: 2014
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