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'If' strings in English : a new syntactic and semantic analysis

Castro, Miguel A. de


Present Day English if is, on the one hand, a nonassertive (interrogative) marker; on the other, a 'conditional' marker. If suffers from semantic schizophrenia. This thesis tries to lend support to the conjecture that if is always a nonassertive marker. If correct, we shall not only have a new semantic and syntactic analysis of 'conditional' Sentences but we shall also have cured if of its long-standing schizophrenia. The conjecture does seem to . be justified both on systematic and...[Show more]

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Date published: 1990
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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