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ALRJournal. 2020; 4(8): 16-36 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2020.38278

The semantics of biscuit conditionals in Islamic scriptures

Ayman Farid Ahmed
Department of English language, College of Science &Humanities, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

Drawing on Jaszczolt’s (2005) Default Semantics theory, and inspired by Austin’s (1961: 158) original example: “There are biscuits on the sideboard if you want some,” this paper attempts a semantic analysis of Biscuit Conditionals (BCs) in some selected texts from the Holy Quran and the Qudsi Hadiths, with the intention to explore how this type of conditionals communicates discourse meanings other than conditionality. The main objective of this paper is to show how BCs can semantically be represented to communicate non-conditional meanings within the framework of Default Semantics, a contextualism-oriented and truth-conditional approach that aims to identify the primary meanings pertaining to utterances. In light of Default Semantics, the paper concludes that Biscuit Conditionals in the selected data lack conditionality on the level of their intended meanings, and assign the discourse functions of fact-confirmers, information-notifiers, sympathy-instigators, invitation-motivators, discourse-relievers and offer-activators that function as conduits of religious didacticism.

Keywords: biscuit conditionals, Default Semantics, merger representations, religious didacticism, Islamic scriptures

Ayman Farid Ahmed. The semantics of biscuit conditionals in Islamic scriptures. ALRJournal. 2020; 4(8): 16-36

Corresponding Author: Ayman Farid Ahmed, Saudi Arabia
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