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Most Australians … volunteer

(continued from: Most Australians … gamble) Indeed they do.  And we have much reason to be grateful.  I have visited the memorial at Hamel, where Australian troops turned back the German offensive of Spring and Summer 1918.  At great cost.  … Continue reading

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Most Australians … gamble

(continued from: Most Australians) Indeed they do.  Gambling losses in Australia are now running at some $20 billion per annum.  Combine that thought with a reflection upon the average Australian’s devotion to high culture, and you begin to see why sentences … Continue reading

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Most Australians

In Seminar 2 we opined that there is a difference, which we think our theory explains, between the natural interpretation of Most Australians won’t know the ODI result and  the natural interpretation of Most Australians wouldn’t know the ODI result. … Continue reading

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The Religious Maniac and Future Fact

Agent Comboni has another potential hand-grenade for the No-Future-Fact doctrine. Imagine, she says, a religious maniac, who has persuaded himself of both of the following: He has had a revelation that God intends to end the world on Burns Night … Continue reading

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Arithmetic and Future Fact

We are committed to the thesis that English has no way of encoding claims of future fact, because all English messages concerning future time are judgements (that is, tensed verdicts), and verdicts do not have truth-values and so cannot possibly … Continue reading

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‘Will’ and Later Discovery

Agent tardigrade has proposed a most cunning idea to rescue the doctrine that English ‘will‘ encodes for future time. We are grateful to have our attention thus drawn to the matter: the idea is well worth thinking through. Here it … Continue reading

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The Chinese all look the same

I doubt it. The Chinese have no difficulty in recognising other Chinese. But perhaps it is true that they all sound the same. For Agent Gombrich reminds us that Chinese speakers are often bedevilled by homophony. Chinese is so full … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments (2)

It turns out that what we might call El Decálogo Infantil (see: The Ten Commandments) is rather more straightforward evidence for our thesis than other versions.  My investigations proceed. Meanwhile, an initial look at Latin, French, Portuguese and Italian produces suggestive … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments

Evidence of the intrinsically modal nature of the so-called Spanish Future Tense, and a request for help with French, Italian, etc. Continue reading

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Escalation

A Google search today for English Tenses proffered 1,310,000 sites.   I  visited some 50 of them.  All offering tuition and training in the understanding and use of ‘the basic English tenses’.  My first port of call descried 8 ‘basic tenses’, the second … Continue reading

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