Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Vowel Length From Latin to Romance

By Michele Loporcaro

This book "draws on extensive empirical data, including from lesser known varieties" and "puts forward a new account of a well-known diachronic phenomenon."


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Letter Writing and Language Change

Edited By Anita Auer, Daniel Schreier, and Richard J. Watts

This book "challenges the assumption that there is only one 'legitimate' and homogenous form of English or of any other language" and "supports the view of different/alternative histories of the English language and will appeal to readers who are skeptical of 'standard' language ideology."


Academic Paper


Title: 'Will': tense or modal or both?
Author: Raphael Salkie
Email: click here TO access email
Institution: University of Brighton
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: English
Abstract: Most grammarians refuse to treat 'will' as a marker of future tense in English. We examine the arguments against treating 'will' as a tense and find them weak; the arguments in favour of treating it as a modal also turn out to be poor. We argue that 'will' should be treated as a marker of future tense, and that its so-called modal uses are either not modal or have independent explanations. The one exception is the volitional use of 'will': to account for this, we propose that willingness is a semantic relic from an earlier meaning of the word.

CUP AT LINGUIST

This article appears IN English Language and Linguistics Vol. 14, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



Add a new paper
Return to Academic Papers main page
Return to Directory of Linguists main page