Usos cotidianos del condicional en el lenguaje escrito

  1. Espino Morales, Orlando
  2. Santamaría Rodríguez, Carlos

ISSN: 0214-3550 1579-3702

Year of publication: 1998

Volume: 10

Issue: 1-2

Pages: 227-238

Type: Article

DOI: 10.1174/021435598760389550 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR

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This paper presents a normative study on the use of conditionals in written language. A sample of texts (total length 450.000 words) originally written in Spanish was used. A total of 408 conditionals were found. We analyzed the quality of the conditionals as simple indicative, biconditionals, counterfactual, deontic (obligations, permissions, etc.) or causal, and tested the frequency of use for each of these types of conditionals. For each of them, we also tested the order as direct (antecedent-consequent) or reverse (consequent-antecedent), and the use of negations in each of the components. The results were compared to the predictions of the main current theories of reasoning.