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The Tenseless Copula in Temporal Predication

Hansson Wahlberg, Tobias LU (2010) In Erkenntnis 72(2). p.267-280
Abstract
In this paper I explore how the tenseless copula is to be interpreted in sentences of the form “a is F at t”, where “a” denotes a persisting, changeable object, “F” stands for a prima facie intrinsic property and “t” for a B-time. I argue that the interpretation of the copula depends on the logical role assigned to the time clause. Having rejected the idea that the time clause is to be treated as a sentence operator, I argue: (1) that if “at t” is thought of as being associated with “a” or “F”, then the tenseless copula is most plausibly read as an “is” simpliciter; and (2) that if “at t” is treated as being associated with the copula, then the tenseless copula is most plausibly understood as expressing a disjunction of tensed copulas. I... (More)
In this paper I explore how the tenseless copula is to be interpreted in sentences of the form “a is F at t”, where “a” denotes a persisting, changeable object, “F” stands for a prima facie intrinsic property and “t” for a B-time. I argue that the interpretation of the copula depends on the logical role assigned to the time clause. Having rejected the idea that the time clause is to be treated as a sentence operator, I argue: (1) that if “at t” is thought of as being associated with “a” or “F”, then the tenseless copula is most plausibly read as an “is” simpliciter; and (2) that if “at t” is treated as being associated with the copula, then the tenseless copula is most plausibly understood as expressing a disjunction of tensed copulas. I end the paper by explaining the importance of the issue. I indicate the ramifications interpretation of the tenseless copula has for the so-called problem of temporary intrinsics. (Less)
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Temporal Predication, Time, adverbialism, the problem of temporary intrinsics, endurance, tenseless verbs
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Erkenntnis
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2
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267 - 280
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Springer
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1572-8420
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10.1007/s10670-009-9197-3
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English
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  author       = {Hansson Wahlberg, Tobias},
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  keyword      = {Temporal Predication,Time,adverbialism,the problem of temporary intrinsics,endurance,tenseless verbs},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {267--280},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Erkenntnis},
  title        = {The Tenseless Copula in Temporal Predication},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10670-009-9197-3},
  volume       = {72},
  year         = {2010},
}