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ZoomTalk: Alex Silk (Birmingham)

Meeting ID: 925-6562-2309

15.04.2021 16:00  – 18:00 

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Title:

How to do conditionals with assignment variables

Abstract:

I show how a compositional semantics with object-language assignment variables can provide a uniform analysis of 'if'-clauses adjoined to noun phrases, verb phrases, and clauses, and in conditionals with or without an overt modal or proform such as ‘then’. 'If'-clauses are analyzed as free relatives of assignments, interpreted as plural definite descriptions of possibilities. Comparisons between conditional correlatives and correlatives of individuals are briefly considered.