Condicional e 'ir' no Imperfeito + Infinitivo: questões de temporalidade e de modalidade

  • Luís Filipe Cunha
Palavras-chave: semantics, temporal relations, condicional, ir ('go') Infinitive, modality, Semântica, relações temporais, Condicional, ir Infinitivo, modalidade

Resumo

In European Portuguese, both the Condicional (approximately corresponding to the English structure would +
Infinitive) and the construction ir (‘go’) in the Imperfect + Infinitive express posteriority with respect to a given
past interval. In this paper, I show that, in spite of their seemingly similar behaviour, these two forms diverge in a
number of significant aspects. In particular, and taking into account the analysis of contexts such as if-clauses and
some subordinate complement clauses introduced by factive and intensional verbs, I will argue that, while the
Condicional is mainly used to provide modal information, even losing its basic temporal value, the structure ir
(‘go’) in the Imperfect + Infinitive always induces a temporal relation of futurity in a past domain, irrespective of
the possible modal meanings accompanying it.

Publicado
2017-09-29
Como Citar
Cunha, L. F. (2017). Condicional e ’ir’ no Imperfeito + Infinitivo: questões de temporalidade e de modalidade. Revista Da Associação Portuguesa De Linguística, (3), 75-98. https://doi.org/10.26334/2183-9077/rapln3ano2017a6