Temporaliteit én modaliteit: een repliek | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 18, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171


This reply addresses Ronny Boogaart’s comments on our contribution . A general problem with these comments is that Boogaart does not seem to appreciate that we make a strict distinction between semantics (the meaning of the sentence) and pragmatics (the use of the sentence in a given context). The former determines the situations in which a given sentence is true, whereas the latter determines a subset of these situations that are ‘intended’ by the speaker. The central role we attribute to pragmatics in determining the actual location of the eventuality in the relevant present/past tense domain immediately refutes RB’s claim that we do not explicitly refer to contextual factors.


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