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University of Windsor

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Keywords

denying the antecedent, pragmatics, conditional perfection, implicature, fallacy

Start Date

22-5-2013 9:00 AM

End Date

25-5-2013 5:00 PM

Abstract

It has been argued that a fragment of discourse that constitutes a fallacy of denying the antecedent at the level of what is literally said may not be a fallacy at the level of speaker meaning. The pragmatic phenomenon involved here is known as conditional perfection. I argue that the account of conditional perfection in van der Auwera (1997) and Horn (2000) has several problems, and I discuss several possible alternatives.

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Denying the antecedent and conditional perfection again

University of Windsor

It has been argued that a fragment of discourse that constitutes a fallacy of denying the antecedent at the level of what is literally said may not be a fallacy at the level of speaker meaning. The pragmatic phenomenon involved here is known as conditional perfection. I argue that the account of conditional perfection in van der Auwera (1997) and Horn (2000) has several problems, and I discuss several possible alternatives.