The Pragmatics of Biscuit Conditionals

  title={The Pragmatics of Biscuit Conditionals},
  author={Michael Franke},
links the clauses “you need anything” and “I’m Jill” in a conditional construction, but semantically we may naturally perceive the propositions expressed by these clauses as conditionally unrelated; the name of the woman does not depend on whether the addressee needs anything or not. To humorously misapprehend such conditional sentences, as Martin does, is to pretend to see a conditional relationship where none exists. Examples that would lend themselves to similar joking have been discussed as… CONTINUE READING

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