Perspectival biscuits

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https://doi.org/10.3765/s48pby69

Abstract

This paper describes a novel class of biscuit conditional, the 'perspectival biscuit', which arises when an if-clause containing a generic pronoun (e.g., generic you) is used to shift perspective for the interpretation of a perspective-sensitive item in the consequent: e.g., fixing the directionality of behind in "If you're at the door, the cat is behind the desk." This sentence is like a biscuit conditional in that it entails a fully-specified, propositionally stable consequent describing the spatial configuration of cat and desk, but this reading vanishes in favor of a conditional dependence reading when the antecedent contains any non-generic DP, a prediction that is not straightforwardly accounted for by existing theories of biscuit conditionals. An analysis is given demonstrating that biscuithood for perspectival biscuits arises due to generic quantification exclusively over individuals, not worlds.

Author Biographies

  • Karl Mulligan, Johns Hopkins University
    Graduate student in Cognitive Science
  • Kyle Rawlins, Johns Hopkins University
     Associate Professor in Cognitive Science

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2024-01-19

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