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Title: Conditionals and Prediction
Subtitle: Time, Knowledge and Causation in Conditional Constructions
Written By: Barbara Dancygier
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 87

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.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521024161
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 224
Prices: U.K. £ 18.99
U.S. $ 32.99