Cognitive Psychology 108:42-71 (2019)

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Karolina Krzyżanowska
University of Amsterdam
Niels Skovgaard-Olsen
Universität Göttingen
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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.
Keywords conditionals  semantics  pragmatics  relevance  linguistics  psychology of reasoning  philosophy of language  reason relations  conversational implicatures  conventional implicatures  presuppositions
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