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Title: Conditions and Conditionals: An Investigation of Ancient Greek
Author: Wakker, Gerrie C
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 1994
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789050631969
Volumes: 1; Pages: 462
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When Protagoras remarks "if you like, let us assume that justice is holy and holiness just", Socrates replies "No, I do not want this 'if you like' or 'if you agree' sort of thing to be put to the proof (-); our statement will be most properly tested if we take away the 'if'" (Plato Protagoras 331c3-d1). This passage may be considered one of the oldest passages reflecting on the pragmatic functions of 'if', and the importance of 'if' in human reasoning. This book develops a linguistic framework to analyse conditionals, for which the apparatus of Functional Grammar provides a basis. Within this framework a detailed analysis is given of conditionals in Ancient Greek, in which syntactic, semantic as well as pragmatic factors are used to explain the multifarious uses of the important but elusive conjunction ei.