Obligatory Additives in the Antecedent of Conditionals


  • Nadine Bade


The paper investigates the obligatory insertion of additive particles in the antecedent of conditionals. Two theories are compared with regard to their different predictions regarding this insertion. One theory works with the principle Maximize Presupposition (Heim, 1991), the other postulates a relation between mandatory exhaustivity inferences and insertion of additive particles (Bade, 2016). The first theory predicts additives to be obligatory under downward entailing (DE) operators which are holes for presuppositions. The second theory predicts the insertion of additives to not be obligatory under DE-operators due to the fact that exhaustivity inferences are usually blocked in these environments for independent reasons (Chierchia et al., 2012). Previous studies already suggest that additives (and iteratives) are not obligatory under negation, contrary to the predictions of Maximize Presupposition (Bade and Tiemann, 2016). In the present paper, an experimental study on the insertion of German “auch” in antecedent of conditionals is reported which tests the predictions of both theories and further confirms an account of obligatory additivity working with Obligatory Implicatures.


How to Cite

Bade, N. (2019). Obligatory Additives in the Antecedent of Conditionals. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 21(1), 73–88. Retrieved from https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/sub/index.php/sub/article/view/125