sequentials, peter II

Vincent DeCaen decaen at chass.utoronto.ca
Tue Dec 5 10:15:51 EST 2000


peter,
another thought, based on your comment. notice what we derived together:
	~A v B	from	~A v ~~B

would that not explain right there the use of the past/perfect? consider:

		PAST		NONPAST

INDICATIVE	T

SUBJUNCTIVE	~~T = T		~T

if we say that past tense is T, and the nonpast is unmarked; and then say
that irrealis (mood) is propositional negation, we ought to get a
representation of the "past subjunctive" as double negation, which nets
out to the same thing (more or less).

what would be very interesting in this light is the use/value of real
double negation in natural language: ~~T is different from T. hmmm....

V -- 
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