Persian Comparative Correlatives are not Conditionals

Mehrnoosh Taherkhani, Mohammad Dabir-Moghaddam, Arsalan Golfam, Ferdos Aghagolzadeh


This paper argues that the similarities observed between Persian Comparative Correlatives (CCs) and Persian conditionals are the result of the conservativity of generalized quantification and not the identity of the quantifiers involved in conditionals and CCs. I review the similarities, noted by Thiersch (1982), Fillmore (1987) and Beck (1997), inter alia, before presenting new data showing differences in the kind of quantification (universal/generic v. proportional) are found with each and how they affect interpretation. I conclude that Persian CCs are not merely a subclass of conditionals as previously theorized for their English counterpart (cf. Beck 1997, Lin 2007 and Brasoveanu 2008). I follow Smith (2011) in positing an alternative theory in which a proportional quantificational 


(comparative) correlative, conditionals, conservativity, operator, proportionality.

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