In English, simple present (plain) and present progressive constructions can make reference to the future, in constructions known as futurates. In previous literature, these two types of futurate have often been discussed separately or treated as more or less equivalent. This squib argues that they convey different meanings: plain futurates presuppose the existence of a schedule, while progressive futurates do not. We propose a formal definition of a schedule and present novel empirical data based on a questionnaire study. We show that plain futurates are restricted to contexts providing a schedule, but progressive futurates are not.
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February 17 2022
Why Plain Futurates Are Different
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Online Issn: 1530-9150
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Linguistic Inquiry 1–12.
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Hotze Rullmann, Marianne Huijsmans, Lisa Matthewson, Neda Todorović; Why Plain Futurates Are Different. Linguistic Inquiry 2022; doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00435
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