Quantity implicatures: a tendentious survey

author: Bart Geurts, Department of Philosophy and Science Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen
published: Sept. 12, 2011,   recorded: August 2011,   views: 4360


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The paradigm example of a quantity implicature is the inference from “some” to “not all”, as in:

Some bankers are crooks > Not all bankers are crooks.

In recent years, quantity implicatures have received a lot of attention not only from philosophers and linguists, but from experimentalists, too, and the number of theoretical analyses has increased in proportion. In this talk, I will give an overview of the main strands that have emerged from all this research, with special emphasis on the issue of “embedded implicatures”. I will argue that the extant data still favour the classical analysis inspired by the work of Grice, but I will also show that the Gricean framework will have to be extended so as to account for phenomena below the sentence level.

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Comment1 Dustin, December 13, 2012 at 3:41 p.m.:

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