# 19: Conditionals

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Exactly what conditionals mean and how they come to mean what
they mean is one of the oldest problems in natural language semantics.
According to Sextus Empiricus, the Alexandrian poet Callimachus
reported that the Greek philosophers’ debate about the semantics of the
little word if had gotten out of hand: ‘Even the crows on the roof-tops
are cawing about which conditionals are true’.

(von Fintel 2011).

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