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On Three Theories of Implicature: Default Theory, Relevance Theory and Minimalism

On Three Theories of Implicature: Default Theory, Relevance Theory and Minimalism <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Grice's distinction between what is said by a sentence and what is implicated by an utterance of it is both extremely familiar and almost universally accepted. However, in recent literature, the precise account he offered of implicature recovery has been questioned and alternative accounts have emerged. In this paper, I examine three such alternative accounts. My main aim is to show that the two most popular accounts in the current literature (the default inference view and the relevance theoretic approach) still face signifi cant problems. I will then conclude by suggesting that an alternative account, emerging from semantic minimalism, is best placed to accommodate Grice's distinction.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Review of Pragmatics Brill

On Three Theories of Implicature: Default Theory, Relevance Theory and Minimalism

International Review of Pragmatics , Volume 1 (1): 63 – Jan 1, 2009

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Brill
Copyright
© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1877-3095
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1877-3109
DOI
10.1163/187731009X455848
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Grice's distinction between what is said by a sentence and what is implicated by an utterance of it is both extremely familiar and almost universally accepted. However, in recent literature, the precise account he offered of implicature recovery has been questioned and alternative accounts have emerged. In this paper, I examine three such alternative accounts. My main aim is to show that the two most popular accounts in the current literature (the default inference view and the relevance theoretic approach) still face signifi cant problems. I will then conclude by suggesting that an alternative account, emerging from semantic minimalism, is best placed to accommodate Grice's distinction.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Journal

International Review of PragmaticsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: SCALARS; GRICE; EXPERIMENTAL PRAGMATICS; SEMANTICS; CONVERSATIONAL IMPLICATURES

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