On embedded implicatures

  • The Gricean approach explains implicatures by assumptions about the pragmatics of entire utterances. The phenomenon of embedded implicatures remains a challenge for this approach since in such cases apparently implicatures contribute to the truth-conditional content of constituents smaller than utterances. In this paper, I investigate three areas where embedded implicatures seem to differ from implicatures at the utterance level: optionality, epistemic status, and implicated presuppositions. I conclude that the differences between the two kinds of implicatures justify an approach that maintains Gricean assumptions at the utterance level, and assumes a special operator for embedded implicatures.

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Author:Uli Sauerland
Document Type:Preprint
Date of Publication (online):2009/05/05
Year of first Publication:2004
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2009/05/05
Preprint, später in: Journal of Cognitive Science 5.2004, S. 107–137
Source:http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/mitarb/homepage/sauerland/journals/JCSimplicatures.pdf ; (in:) Journal of Cognitive Science, 5, 2004, S. 107–137
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Semantik / Semantics
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht