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3-6-2009 9:00 AM

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6-6-2009 5:00 PM

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In this paper I am concerned with the analysis of fragments of a discourse or text that express deductive arguments suspected of being denials of the antecedent. I will first argue that one needs to distinguish between two senses of ‘the argument expressed.’ Second, I will show that, with respect to one of these senses, given a Gricean account of the pragmatics of conditionals, some such fragments systematically express arguments that are valid.

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Pragmatic Considerations in the Interpretation of Denying the Antecedent

University of Windsor

In this paper I am concerned with the analysis of fragments of a discourse or text that express deductive arguments suspected of being denials of the antecedent. I will first argue that one needs to distinguish between two senses of ‘the argument expressed.’ Second, I will show that, with respect to one of these senses, given a Gricean account of the pragmatics of conditionals, some such fragments systematically express arguments that are valid.