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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 Post-Gricean Theory of Presupposition

The Post-Gricean Theory of Presupposition

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Logic, Meaning, and Conversation


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While this chapter attempts to explain the construction of one kind of post-Gricean presupposition pragmatic theory, it also looks into the possible substantive problems that may be encountered regarding issues on presupposition. In doing so, the author focuses on one type of post-Gricean theory of pragmatism and extracts the aspects of entailment and generalized conversational inferenda from the notion of presupposition. Also, the author attempts to explore Grice's endeavor to come up with the same reduction through making use not of the notion of semantical nonspecificity but of the notion of ambiguity. Lastly, the author discusses his belief that Stalnaker and Grice altered the use of the concept of common ground, and that “accommodation” may pave the way for the reconstruction of theories that concern presupposition.

Keywords:   Grice, presupposition, entailment, inferenda, semantical nonspecificity, ambiguity, accommodation

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