Diachronic Semantic Shift of Sequential Conjunction: the Causal to Conditional Path

Yurie Hara


This paper analyzes the semantic shift of a Japanese construction V-e-ba
from causal to conditional. The conventional meaning of the V-e-ba construction
is a sequential conjunction in the sense of update semantics. The causal meaning in Old Japanese is obtained by an I-implicature, while
the conditional meaning in Modern Japanese is obtained by Q-implicatures. The
proposed diachronic development is in accordance with Deo’s (2015) Evolutionary
Game Theory model.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/salt.v29i0.4614

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