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The meanings of have and the semantics/pragmatics interface

Abstract : In this chapter, I analyse the contribution made by have to the meanings expressed in sentences with a (central) modal verb followed by a perfect infinitive. Four meanings are discussed: (a) have as a marker that locates the possibility or necessity in the past; (b) have as a marker that establishes a relation of anteriority between the modal meaning (of possibility or necessity) and the situation referred to, (c) have as a marker of counterfactual meaning, (d) have as a marker of actualization. In the first part of the chapter an empirical overview is given. Drawing on the discussion in Chap. 2, I then address the question of how the role of the context should be captured, more specifically, whether it is saturation or free pragmatic enrichment that plays a role in bringing about the different meanings of non-finite have when it combines with a modal.
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Ilse Depraetere. The meanings of have and the semantics/pragmatics interface. Ilse Depraetere; Raphael Salkie. Semantics and pragmatics. Drawing a line, 11, Springer, pp.265-292, 2017, Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning, 978-3-319-81233-5. ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-32247-6_16⟩. ⟨hal-01614447⟩



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