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In: Procedural Meaning: Problems and Perspectives
In: Ici et maintenant
In: Tense, Mood and Aspect
In: Études sémantiques et pragmatiques sur le temps, l'aspect et la modalité
In: Études sémantiques et pragmatiques sur le temps, l'aspect et la modalité
In: Temps, aspect et modalité en français
In: Passé et parfait

This paper proposes a pragmatic account of modal utterances triggering sporadic interpretations, such as Lions can be dangerous, which quantify over individuals (some lions are dangerous) or over times (lions are sometimes dangerous). English and French are compared in this respect. We suggest that sporadic interpretations stem from a pragmatic scheme of enrichment based on search for informativeness and relevance, starting from the under-informative nature of utterances expressing trivial properties or potentialities of the considered individual or class of objects and ending with a number of specific inferences, notably dealing with actual probability.

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In: Building a bridge between linguistic communities of the Old and the New World

This paper proposes a pragmatic account of modal utterances triggering sporadic interpretations, such as Lions can be dangerous, which quantify over individuals (some lions are dangerous) or over times (lions are sometimes dangerous). English and French are compared in this respect. We suggest that sporadic interpretations stem from a pragmatic scheme of enrichment based on search for informativeness and relevance, starting from the under-informative nature of utterances expressing trivial properties or potentialities of the considered individual or class of objects and ending with a number of specific inferences, notably dealing with actual probability.

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In: Building a bridge between linguistic communities of the Old and the New World
In: Marqueurs temporels et modaux en usage