Prolegomena to a theory of X-marking
Kai von Fintel, Sabine Iatridou
March 2023

The morphological marking that distinguishes conditionals that are called “counterfactual” from those that are not can also be found in other modal constructions, such as in the expression of wishes and oughts. We propose to call it “X-marking”. In this article, we lay out desiderata for a successful theory of X-marking and make some initial informal observations. Much remains to be done.
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Published in: final version, to appear in Linguistics & Philosophy
keywords: conditionals, desires, modality, subjunctive, fake tense, semantics
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