The Meaning Group will meet online on Friday, February 12, 1-2pm. Our own Muyi Yang will present her work on Japanese moshi.
Iffy discourse: Japanese moshi in conditionals and nominal topics
Conditional antecedents often contain elements that require the truth of the antecedent proposition to be open. One such element is Japanese moshi, which can occur in conditional antecedents and topics. I argue that in both constructions, moshi requires the context to be ‘iffy’, in the sense the antecedent proposition or the set of individuals picked out by the topic must not be settled in the context. I build on Ebert et al. (2014) and analyze moshi as an element that imposes an iffy requirement on the speech act performed by conditional antecedents and topics.