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Cancellation, negation, and rejection

Cancellation, negation, and rejection

Skovgaard-Olsen, Niels ORCID: 0000-0003-4831-2524, Collins, Peter ORCID: 0000-0003-4831-2524, Krzyzanowska, Karolina, Hahn, Ulrike and Klauer, Karl Kristoph (2018) Cancellation, negation, and rejection. Cognitive Psychology, 108. pp. 42-71. ISSN 0010-0285 (doi:

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In this paper, new evidence is presented for the assumption that the reason-relation reading of indicative conditionals ('if A, then C') reflects a conventional implicature. In four experiments, it is investigated whether relevance effects found for the probability assessment of indicative conditionals (Skovgaard-Olsen, Singmann, and Klauer, 2016a) can be classified as being produced by a) a conversational implicature, b) a (probabilistic) presupposition failure, or c) a conventional implicature. After considering several alternative hypotheses and the accumulating evidence from other studies as well, we conclude that the evidence is most consistent with the Relevance Effect being the outcome of a conventional implicature. This finding indicates that the reason-relation reading is part of the semantic content of indicative conditionals, albeit not part of their primary truth-conditional content.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Relevance, Pragmatics, Indicative Conditionals, Conversational Implicatures, Presuppositions, Conventional Implicatures
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2020 17:27

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