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The Logic of Conventional Implicatures

Christopher Potts


This book revives the study of conventional implicatures in natural language semantics. The label ‘conventional implicature’ dates back to H. Paul Grice’s early work on the foundations of linguistic semantics and pragmatics. Since its introduction, it has seen many diverse applications, but it has never enjoyed a stable place in linguistic theory. This book seeks to change that. Grice’s original discussion is used as a key into two presently understudied areas of natural language: supplements (appositives, parentheticals, utterance modifiers) and expressives (epithets, honorifics). The account ... More

Keywords: expressive content, Grice, multidimensionality, parentheticals, pragmatics, semantics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199273829
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273829.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Potts, author
University of Massachusetts