Conditional inversion and GIVENNESS

Maria Biezma

Abstract


This paper provides support for the claim that non-canonical word-order adds “extra meaning” to natural language utterances (Prince). In particular, it tells us about the informational status of the constituents. The case study in this paper is subject-auxiliary inversion in conditional antecedents. I argue that subject-auxiliary inversion in conditional antecedents indicate that the antecedent is GIVEN (Schwarzschild 1999). This proposal explain further pragmatic inferences such as why inverted conditionals are particularly good as reproaches.

Keywords


Non-canonical word-order; conditionals; pragmatics; discourse; GIVEN

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/salt.v21i0.2591

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