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The Progressive in Modal Semantics

Paul Portner
Language
Vol. 74, No. 4 (Dec., 1998), pp. 760-787
DOI: 10.2307/417002
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/417002
Page Count: 28
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The Progressive in Modal Semantics
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Abstract

This article presents a semantic analysis of the English progressive as an intensional operator within the framework of modal semantics proposed by Kratzer. This treatment allows a combination of the central idea of Dowty's influential analysis, that the progressive's meaning has a major modal component, with the insights of other scholars (Parsons, Vlach, and Landman). My claim is that using a more sophisticated background theory of modality allows natural solutions for the problems raised for the modal account.

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