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

  • Luís Filipe Cunha Centro de Linguística da Universidade do Porto / Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto

Abstract

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.

Published
2017-09-23
How to Cite
CUNHA, Luís Filipe. Condicional e ir no Imperfeito + Infinitivo: questões de temporalidade e de modalidade. Revista da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística, [S.l.], n. 3, p. 75-98, sep. 2017. ISSN 2183-9077. Available at: <http://ojs.apl.pt/index.php/rapl/article/view/6>. Date accessed: 21 may 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.26334/2183-9077/rapln3ano2017a6.
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