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DerivingSome Properties ofProtasis-Referring Conditionals

By Anie Thompson


This work focuses on a class of conditionals which I will here term PROTASIS-REFERRING CONDITIONALS. The most common variant is shown in (1). (1) a. Felix would hate it if we got lost. b. It might amuse Gretchen if Felix danced a jig. c. It would wonderful if the tacos were tasty. d. Gretchen would be happy if the fog lifted. The pronoun in the conditional consequent may take any number of interpretations. The interpretation of interest here is the protasis-referring reading, in which the pronoun appears to refer to the propositional content of the if-clause. Under this reading, the propositional content of the if-clause is interpreted as an argument of the consequent predicate. This is paraphrasable as follows: (2) Felix would hate that we got lost if we got lost. In §1, I will show that the protasis-referring reading has a number of unusual properties which are not present under other readings of the conditional. In §2, I will present the classic type of analysis for these conditionals, what I term the MOVEMENT ANALYSES. Under these analyses, the if-clause is at some point an argument of the verb. I will show that movement analyses do not adequately account fo

Year: 2013
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