From Perfectivity to Performativity in conditionals
Zahra Mirrazi
February 2024

This paper documents a novel pattern in the expression of conditional statements about future in Farsi. When both p and ¬p are equally plausible future events, the antecedent of conditional statements about future can either be marked with imperfective or perfective. Conditionals whose antecedent is marked with perfective necessarily give rise to ‘performative’ interpretations in the consequent. I propose an analysis that derives the differences between the two conditionals from their sole linguistics difference, i.e. the semantics of aspectual heads, and general principles of pragmatic reasoning.
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Reference: lingbuzz/007865
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Published in: Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 28
keywords: aspect, conditionals, performative utterances, semantics
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