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Logic, Meaning, and ConversationSemantical Underdeterminacy, Implicature, and their Interface$
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Jay David Atlas

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195133004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195133004.001.0001

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The Rise of Neo-Gricean Pragmatics

The Rise of Neo-Gricean Pragmatics

(p.80) 3 The Rise of Neo-Gricean Pragmatics
Logic, Meaning, and Conversation

Jay David Atlas

Oxford University Press

The parallel between saying something and articulating a more informative statement and saying something and articulating the more informative implies that such can apply for both positive and negative statements. Examining the parallelism of the implications brought about by scalar items and negation proves to be, however, somewhat deceptive since such examination may seem more informative than merely looking into the logical consequences of “what is said.” This chapter also looks into the “Horn Scale” which involves a condition in sentence construction that concerns the ordering of the words. Also, the chapter provides examples of sentences that exemplify the use of Grice's First Maxim of Quantity and the other Maxims of Quality.

Keywords:   parallelism, informative statement, informative, scalar items, negation, Horn Scale, Grice's First Maxim of Quantity, Maxims of Quality

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