Anankastic Conditionals and Salient Goals


  • Janneke Huitink



In this paper I evaluate two recent analyses of anankastic conditionals, the designated goal analysis by von Fintel and Iatridou (2004) and the modal base restriction account of Penka, Krasikowa and von Stechow (2004). I will show that both theories make the wrong predictions in scenarios with multiple non-conflicting goals. To solve the problem, I propose that ordering sources select salient goals from the context of utterance. For anankastic conditionals the ordering source selects the goal described in the if-clause. At the end of this paper I present some arguments against the recent analysis of anankastic conditionals as counterfactuals by von Stechow, Krasikowa and Penka (2004).




How to Cite

Huitink, J. (2019). Anankastic Conditionals and Salient Goals. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 9, 140–154.