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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...

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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