Coding the Hypothetical

A comparative typology of Russian and Macedonian conditionals

Jane F. Hacking | The University of Kansas
ISBN 9789027230416 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781556198496 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027281913 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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Conditionals encode speculation. They convey how events could have been different in the past or present, or might be different in the future if particular conditions had been or will be met. While all languages afford the means to speculate or hypothesize about possible events, the ways in which they do so vary. This work explores some of this variation through an analysis of the stucture and semantics of complex conditional sentences in Russian and Macedonian. It addresses typological questions about the general properties of natural language conditionals and examines the role of the grammatical categories tense, aspect, mood and status in the coding of conditional meaning. The book also discusses the relationship between the use of these categories and the shape of a language’s conditional system. For example, the use of tense in counterfactual contexts in Macedonian correlates with the grammaticalization of more shades of conditional meaning than are grammaticalized in Russian, which does not employ tense forms in this way. The study draws on data from a rich variety of sources and thus includes kinds of conditionals overlooked in many other studies. The book addresses issues of concern to Slavists and raises questions for those interested in conditionals and the coding of hypothetical meaning.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 38] 1998.  vi, 156 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“The book is clearly written: its arguments are well developed and empirically grounded. In data-rich studies such as this one, in particular where more than one language is involved, it is very common to see a wealth of typographical errors, and yet Hacking's work is quite free of them. All in all, the book is a welcome contribution ot research on hypotheticals and provides a valuable bridge between work in general and Slavic lingustics.”
“This book is highly recommended for Slavicists and typologists as well as for anyone interested in teaching and learning either Russian or Macedonian.
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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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