The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders examines the full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical features of these disorders.
Conditionals and Prediction
Time, Knowledge and Causation in Conditional Constructions
This book offers a new and in-depth analysis of English conditional
sentences. In a wide-ranging discussion, Dancygier classifies conditional
constructions according to time-reference and modality. She shows how the
basic meaning parameters of conditionality correlate to formal parameters
of the linguistic constructions which are used to express them. Dancygier
suggests that the function of prediction is central to the definition of
conditionality, and that conditional sentences display certain formal
features which correlate to aspects of interpretation. Although the
analysis is based primarily on English, it provides a theoretical framework
that can be extended cross-linguistically to a broad range of grammatical
phenomena. It will be essential reading for scholars and students concerned
with the role of conditionals in English and many other languages.