Natural Language Semantics

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 131–166 | Cite as

Imperatives in conditional conjunction



This paper provides evidence for an ambiguity of bare VPs in the English conditional conjunction construction. This ambiguity, undetected by previous researchers, provides a key to the development of a compositional semantic analysis of conditional conjunction with imperative first conjuncts. The analysis combines existing semantic theories of imperatives, the future tense, modal subordination, and speech act conjunction to yield the correct semantics without further stipulation.


Conditional coordination Imperatives Modality Speech acts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cognitive and Linguistic SciencesBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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