Representing Time

Berit Brogaard

in Transient Truths

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199796908
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933235 | DOI:
Representing Time

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In a recent influential paper, King offers empirical evidence against the assumption that there are tense operators in English. King argues that the metalinguistic truth-conditions for tensed sentences offered by eternalists are to serve as representations of the logical form of these sentences as well. A sentence like ‘John was a firefighter’ thus contains the quantified noun phrase ‘some past time’ rather than the past-tense operator ‘it was the case that’ at the level of logical form. Here I show why this argument is potentially troublesome for the temporalist and propose a solution.

Keywords: tense operators; tense; the tenses as quantifiers; time adverbials; composite tense operators; span operators; temporal anaphora

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Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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