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(Un)Conditionals an Investigation_rawlins

(Un)Conditionals an Investigation_rawlins

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This dissertation provides a detailed investigation of the syntax and semantic of unconditional sentences, such as “Whether or not Alfonso goes to the party, it will be fun”, and “Whoever goes to the party, it will be fun.” The guiding theoretical question is how such structures relate to better studied “if”conditionals, such as “If Alfonso goes to the party, it will be fun.” I give an account that unifies
the two constructions, and show that they are both species of conditional,
broadly construed. Externally, both kinds of structures serve to restrict domains of operators. The differences follow from the fact that unconditionals involve interrogative
structure, and consequently the meaning of a question. Where a root
question acts pragmatically to raise an issue in discourse, a question meaning in a conditional adjunct acts differently – it acts semantically to provide an exhaustive set of mutually exclusive domain restrictions to a mainclause operator.
This dissertation provides a detailed investigation of the syntax and semantic of unconditional sentences, such as “Whether or not Alfonso goes to the party, it will be fun”, and “Whoever goes to the party, it will be fun.” The guiding theoretical question is how such structures relate to better studied “if”conditionals, such as “If Alfonso goes to the party, it will be fun.” I give an account that unifies
the two constructions, and show that they are both species of conditional,
broadly construed. Externally, both kinds of structures serve to restrict domains of operators. The differences follow from the fact that unconditionals involve interrogative
structure, and consequently the meaning of a question. Where a root
question acts pragmatically to raise an issue in discourse, a question meaning in a conditional adjunct acts differently – it acts semantically to provide an exhaustive set of mutually exclusive domain restrictions to a mainclause operator.

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Published by: theseductivecharacter on Jul 14, 2014
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