Facing the future together: French and English in contrast

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Main claim: The French Future Inflection (FFI) and English will are both markers of future tense, with identical semantics. Evidence: In a translation corpus, 83.9% of instances of FFI had as their translation equivalent either will or shall or ‘ll. In the other direction, 73.7% of instances of will corresponded to FFI. Argument 1: It is possible that the superficial translation equivalence in most cases hides a difference in meaning: FFI and will could reach the same interpretation via different routes. The null hypothesis, however, is that they are identical in meaning. Argument 2: To maintain the null hypothesis, the instances of non-equivalence need to be accounted for. We do exactly this for the main types.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCongrès Mondial de Linguistique Française - CMLF 2010
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherInstitut de Linguistique Française
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9782759805341
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2010
EventCongrès Mondial de Linguistique Française - CMLF 2010 - New Orleans, USA, 12-15 July 2010
Duration: 12 Jul 2010 → …


ConferenceCongrès Mondial de Linguistique Française - CMLF 2010
Period12/07/10 → …

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