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Default SemanticsFoundations of a Compositional Theory of Acts of Communication$
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K. M. Jaszczolt

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261987

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261987.001.0001

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The Myth of Sentential Connectives?

The Myth of Sentential Connectives?

(p.205) 8 The Myth of Sentential Connectives?
Default Semantics

K.M. Jaszczolt (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter analyzes the Gricean legacy in the domain of sentential connectives and proposes a more cognitively plausible account of them in terms of merger representations. For example, conditional perfection of if to ‘if and only if’ is regarded as too strong a rule to capture the process of interpretation of sentences with a conditional. It is argued that sentential connectives do not constitute a self-contained, interesting category as far as their processing is concerned.

Keywords:   conjunction, disjunction, negation, conditional, biconditional, conditional perfection, post-propositional enrichment

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