Minimizers in conditional threats and promises

  • Eva Csipak

Abstract

Minimizer NPIs are famously licensed in conditional threats, but not promises. In this paper I show that this content-sensitivity is pragmatically motivated, independent of NPI licensing: minimizers are licensed in all types of conditionals. However, in most contexts it is not in the speaker’s best interest (and therefore irrational) to use a minimizer when making a promise, rendering such promises odd.
How to Cite
Csipak, E. (1). Minimizers in conditional threats and promises. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 18, 95-109. Retrieved from https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/sub/index.php/sub/article/view/306