Semantic Shift from Conjunction/Causal to Conditional
Yurie Hara
April 2021
 

This paper analyzes the diachronic semantic shift from causal to conditional in Japanese and German. Japanese V-e-ba construction and German wande/wann/wenn connective both shifted from causal to conditional. Hara (2019) offers a pragmatic explanation for this diachronic trajectory of Japanese V-e-ba. More specifically, both constructions conventionally denote a sequential conjunction. The causal meaning in earlier times is obtained as an I-implicture, while the conditional meaning in later times is obtained from Q-implicatures. This paper argues that the same analysis can account for the semantic shift of German wande/wann/wenn.
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keywords: japanese, german, conditional, causal, conjunction, implicatures, semantics
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