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Causal chains for futurates

Bridget Copley


In this chapter, I argue that futurates are best understood by means of a causal chain analysis in which the plan directly causes the eventuality described by the sentence. This proposal is shown to successfully account for two properties that make futurates different from futures: the fact that not all preparatory events can be plans, and the fact that futurates, but not futures, have a presupposition of plannability.
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Bridget Copley. Causal chains for futurates. Philippe De Brabanter, Mikhail Kissine and Saghie Sharifzadeh. Future Times, Future Tenses, Oxford University Press, pp.72-86, 2014, Oxford Studies of Time in Language and Thought. ⟨hal-01018865⟩
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