Discourse Rationality and the Counterfactuality Implicature in Backtracking Conditionals

  • Ana Arregui
  • María Biezma

Abstract

This paper contributes to current discussions of counterfactuality implicatures in would-conditionals. The empirical focus is on the contrast between forward looking and backtracking examples in Anderson-style ‘detective reasoning’ sequences. We show that differences regarding the cancellability of counterfactuality in these examples follow from general principles of discourse rationality and can be extended to provide a more general account of the cancellability of counterfactuality implicatures (e.g. in future-shifted examples).
How to Cite
Arregui, A., & Biezma, M. (1). Discourse Rationality and the Counterfactuality Implicature in Backtracking Conditionals. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 20, 91-108. Retrieved from https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/sub/index.php/sub/article/view/206