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The Logic of Conventional Implicatures$
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Christopher Potts

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273829.001.0001

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(p.89) 4 Supplements
The Logic of Conventional Implicatures

Christopher Potts

Oxford University Press

Supplements (i.e., parentheticals, appositives) provide one of the major sources of evidence for conventional implicatures discussed in this book. After some general discussion of supplements, the focus narrows to supplemental relatives and nominal appositives. The proposed syntax is conservative: supplements are argued to be fully integrated syntactically and morphologically, with their ‘peripheral’ feel attributed to their semantics and their comma intonation. Appositives are shown to manifest all of the properties Grice specified for conventional implicatures, and are analyzed in the terms of Chapter 3. The final major section extends the analysis to a range of sentence-level adverbs.

Keywords:   adverbs, comma intonation, parentheticals, relative clauses, appositives, supplemental relatives, nominal appositives

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