Browsing Volume 13, Fall 1987 by Subject "Pragmatics"
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- ItemOpen AccessCalgary Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 13, Fall 1987(University of Calgary, 1987-09) Ayotte, Heather; Hildebrand, Joyce LThis is the thirteenth in the series of working papers published by LOGOS, the student Linguistics Society at the University of Calgary. These papers represent current work in progress of students and faculty members and as such should not be considered in any way final or definitive. Appearance of papers in this volume does not preclude their publication in another form elsewhere.
- ItemOpen AccessConditional variability(University of Calgary, 1987-09) Downes, StephenIn this paper it will be shown that when a conditional statement is understood or known to be true, a number of implicitly specified variables are given more or less concrete values. Each of the variables will be defined and examples will be employed to demonstrate their use in conditional evaluation. From time to time this analysis in terms of variables will be contrasted with a 'possible worlds' analysis of conditionals. The purpose of this paper is not to argue against the possible worlds analysis but rather to provide an alternative to that analysis.