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About the SpeakerTowards a Syntax of Indexicality$
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Alessandra Giorgi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571895.001.0001

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Is the Speaker There? An Analysis of Some Anomalous Contexts

Is the Speaker There? An Analysis of Some Anomalous Contexts

(p.96) 4 Is the Speaker There? An Analysis of Some Anomalous Contexts
About the Speaker

Alessandra Giorgi

Oxford University Press

In this chapter I consider two cases in Italian in which the embedded verbal form does not give rise to the Double Access Reading, even if it is not a subjunctive: the imperfect of the indicative and the future‐in‐the‐past. These cases constitute a prima facie problem to the thesis proposed in this monograph: if the interface between the sentence and the context is provided by the presence of a certain projection in the C‐layer, a uniform behavior is predicted, but this prediction is apparently not borne out. I show that in both cases the theoretical proposal argued for in this book can be maintained and, more interestingly, it clarifies some facts about these verbal forms which would remain otherwise unexplained, both in Italian and in English.

Keywords:   imperfect, future‐in‐the‐past, past tense, Double Access Reading, English, Italian, fictional predicates, dream

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