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Sentence mood

Daniel Gutzmann

in Use-Conditional Meaning

Published in print May 2015 | ISBN: 9780198723820
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191791161 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723820.003.0005

Series: Oxford Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics

Sentence mood

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Sentence mood is understood as the semantic correlate of syntactic sentence types. The question is how the sentential content and mood interact to yield a sentence’s overall content. This chapter reviews three approaches to that question. Integrative approaches unite sentence mood operators and sentential content in a single semantic representation, which leads to false predictions regarding truth conditions. Implicit approaches do not use sentence mood operators, but attempt to derive moods directly from the denotational type of a sentence, which works for the three main moods but not for more specialized versions. Multidimensional approaches distribute mood and content into two different meaning dimensions, which avoids the problems of integrative approaches. However, the available approach does not explain where mood operators come from. Though Truckenbrodt’s (2006) approach to the syntax—semantics interface of sentence mood has some conceptual problems, these can be overcome when adapted to the hybrid semantic framework of ℒTU.

Keywords: sentence mood; sentence types; integrative approaches; implicit approaches; multidimensional approaches; sentence mood operators; syntax—semantics interface

Chapter.  15674 words. 

Subjects: Semantics ; Linguistics

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