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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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Assertibility Conditions, Implicature, and the Question of Semantic Holism

Assertibility Conditions, Implicature, and the Question of Semantic Holism

Almost but Not Quite

(p.149) 5 Assertibility Conditions, Implicature, and the Question of Semantic Holism
Logic, Meaning, and Conversation

Jay David Atlas

Oxford University Press

Robert Graves and Alan Hodge, in their work called The Reader over Your Shoulder: A Handbook for Writers of English Prose, state that one of the illustrated Principles of Clear Statement involves how doubt should not exist regarding issues of how long and how much. As such, Graves and Hodge were able to give their opinions about the use of almost and not quite. The use of these two words not only entails the importance of some logical ordering, but also points out that there are certain degrees of success that can be comparable and are utilized on understanding the notion of approximation. This chapter examines the use of conjunctions in the context of contradiction, and includes a discussion about “post-Gricean pragmatics.”

Keywords:   Robert Graves, Alan Hodge, Principles of Clear Statement, logical ordering, approximation, post-Gricean pragmatics

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