Minimizers in conditional threats and promises


  • Eva Csipak


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. (2019). Minimizers in conditional threats and promises. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 18, 95–109. Retrieved from