Journal of Logic, Language and Information

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 315–334 | Cite as

Inferential Conditionals and Evidentiality

  • K. KrzyżanowskaEmail author
  • S. Wenmackers
  • I. Douven


Many conditionals seem to convey the existence of a link between their antecedent and consequent. We draw on a recently proposed typology of conditionals to argue for an old philosophical idea according to which the link is inferential in nature. We show that the proposal has explanatory force by presenting empirical results on the evidential meaning of certain English and Dutch modal expressions.


Conditionals Inference Evidentiality Epistemic modals 



We are greatly indebted to two anonymous referees and to the editors for valuable comments. Previous versions of this paper were presented at the Logic & Cognition Workshop at ESSLLI 2012 and at the London Reasoning Workshop 2013. We thank the audiences on those occasions for stimulating questions and discussions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of PhilosophyUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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