Karttunen logic for presupposition projection

  • Yoad Winter


Presuppositions of complex sentences are empirically distinguished from the propositional contexts that render a sentence coherent. This distinction is at the heart of the proviso problem for presupposition projection. Here we show that Karttunen’s inference-based approach in his proposals from the early 1970s can be used to directly avoid the proviso problem. Inference-based projection is different from trivalent accounts or satisfaction-based methods in distinguishing presuppositions from admittance conditions on contexts. This distinction is used within a new propositional fragment, whose rules for updating local contexts and satisfying presuppositions are explained using the same Incrementality principle of previous accounts, but without any of the additional assumptions that have been used to tackle the proviso problem.
How to Cite
Winter, Y. (2021). Karttunen logic for presupposition projection. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 25, 873-890. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2021.v25i0.972