Conditional inversion and GIVENNESS

Authors

  • Maria Biezma UMass Amherst

DOI:

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

Keywords:

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

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.

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Published

2011-09-03

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