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Default SemanticsFoundations of a Compositional Theory of Acts of Communication$
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K. M. Jaszczolt

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261987

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261987.001.0001

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Default Meanings

Default Meanings

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(p.40) 2 Default Meanings
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Default Semantics
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K.M. Jaszczolt (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261987.003.0002

This chapter briefly reviews approaches to default interpretations in semantic and pragmatic theories then proposes a classification of presumed, salient, default interpretations. Cognitive defaults are discussed at length and derived from the phenomenological principle of intentionality of mental states that underlie acts of communication. Cultural and social defaults are introduced and the problem of the fuzzy boundary between default interpretations and conscious pragmatic processing is addressed.

Keywords:   social-cultural defaults, cognitive defaults, generalized conversational implicature, cancellation of defaults, intentionality

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