**Speaker:** Hanzhi Zhu (MIT)

**Title:** Conditionals in *although* constructions

**Date and time:** Wednesday, April 18, 1-2pm

**Location:** 32-D461

**Abstract:**

In this talk, I’ll be looking at biclausal constructions with

although/even thoughwhich convey the truth of two propositions as well as the oddness of their juxtaposition:1. John went out for a walk, even though it’s raining.

2. Although Bailey is rich, she doesn’t give to charity.The link between

althoughconstructions and conditionals has been explored in previous accounts, in which “although p, q” is analyzed as presupposing “normally, if p then ¬q”. However, these accounts ignore the compositional contribution ofeven, which appears in these constructions in English as well as cross-linguistically. Lund (2017), borrowing from Guerzoni and Lim’s (2007) account ofeven if, proposes an account in which “although p, q” asserts a conjunction and has a scalar likelihood presupposition: ¬p and q is less likely/expected than p and q. I’ll present a counterexample to this account which favors having a presupposition even closer to Guerzoni and Lim’s proposal foreven if: “although p, q” presupposes that if ¬p, q is less likely/expected than if p, q. I’ll also discuss further consequences of this proposal regarding the role of the additive presupposition ofeven.