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Revista signos

versión On-line ISSN 0718-0934

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LOPEZ ASTORGA, Miguel. Can we avoid conditional perfection focusing antecedent or alternative antecedents are needed?. Rev. signos [online]. 2014, vol.47, n.85, pp.267-292. ISSN 0718-0934.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-09342014000200006.

Farr (2011) argues that conditional perfection occurs in scenarios with a focus on the antecedent of a conditional statement, and not when the focus is on the consequent of a statement of such a nature. This approach seems to contradict the thesis of scalar conversational implicature theory which sustains thatfor conditional perfection not to happen, it is necessary for conditional statements to have alternative antecedents to their consequents. In this paper, I analyze the experimental work by Farr (2011) and I argue that the methodology used in her research is not appropriate to support her assumptions, as it presents some problems that cause her conclusions to be questionable. We can continue to accept the thesis of scalar conversational implicature. Similarly, special emphasis is given to the idea that conditional perfection is a phenomenon that can explain why certain fallacies are frequently committed.

Palabras clave : Biconditional; conditional perfection; Farr; focus; scalar conversational implicature.

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