On neo- (and post-) Gricean conditionals

Turner, Ken (2003) On neo- (and post-) Gricean conditionals International Journal of Pragmatics (14). pp. 135-154. ISSN 1342 2871

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Abstract

This paper attempts to examine the foundations of a semantic–pragmatic theory that is able to accommodate an elegant analysis of indicative and counterfactual conditionals. Such an analysis is unlikely to be cut from the same cloth as truth-conditional analyses. The principal intuition is that conditionals are not part of fact-stating discourse: instead, conditionals express uncertainties and thus require a very different semantics and a very different notion of validity. Gricean, Strawsonian, Stalnakerian (and, by implication, Lewisian) and Lyncanian analyses are discussed, and neo-Gricean analyses are mentioned. A general preference for an account which exploits conditional probabilities is expressed.

Item Type:Journal article
Subjects:Q000 Languages and Literature - Linguistics and related subjects > Q100 Linguistics
Faculties:Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
ID Code:2722
Deposited By:Languages Editor
Deposited On:16 Jan 2008
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