volume 22, issue 2, P207-223 2011
DOI: 10.1017/s0959269511000445
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Abstract: ab st rac tIn this paper, we review the various types of epistemic usages of the (simple and anterior) future tenses in French with the assumption that what actually licenses their occurrence is not a semantic feature such as aspect but pragmatic effects that give relevance to the utterance at the moment of speech. We review the main hypotheses proposed in the relevant literature and conclude that epistemic futures seem to fulfill the function of communicating -through a metarepresentation of a future verific…

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