Kjell Johan Sæbø

Kjell Johan Sæbø (ILOS): Non-actualistic mood in Czech, Russian, German and Norwegian

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Mood with ‘non-actuality’ entailments, as figuring prominently, but far from exclusively, in counterfactual conditionals, has not yet received a comprehensive and compositional analysis. Focusing on four languages, I present under-appreciated facts and a novel theory where the mood serves to activate alternatives to operations over propositions, in particular one: the identity operation, giving rise to implicatures of contrast. Depending on the context, these contrast implicatures amount to non-actuality or – in downward entailing environments – actuality entailments.
Published Oct. 26, 2021 10:51 AM - Last modified Oct. 26, 2021 11:06 AM