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24 settembre 2018: R. Eckardt: The logic of evidentials: German wohl and Italian evidential future

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Seminars of Philosophy of Perception, Mind, and Language — Winter session, 2018

 

Regine Eckardt (Göttingen)

The logic of evidentials: German wohl and Italian evidential futureA Realistic Approach to Fiction

 

24 settembre 2018: h. 15.00-17.00

Sala "Enzo Paci" — Direzione del Dipartimento (Via Festa del Perdono 7, Milano)

 

Abstract

An utterance wohl S in German indicates that the speaker believes S but is not absolutely certain. Zimmermann's (2008) analysis suggests that speaker x ASSUMES S rather than KNOWS S. The aim of my talk is to refine this analysis and align it with more data. I claim that wohl marks S as a defeasible inference from what the speaker knows. The inference  is defeasible — i.e. the speaker is prepared to withdraw it in the light of further evidence — and it is subjective — i.e., other speakers might come to different conclusions in the light of the same evidence. I discuss data that motivate these assumptions and present an analysis in the spirit of Kratzer (1991), Lewis (1978). A final work-in-progress part discusses the Italian evidential future and whether the same analysis is warranted in this case.

Active participation of the audience will be highly welcome.

 

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