This paper provides a system capable of analyzing the combinatorics of a wide range of conventionally implicated and expressive constructions in natural language via an extension of Potts's (2005) L CI logic for supplementary conventional implicatures. In particular, the system is capable of analyzing objects of mixed conventionally implicated/expressive… (More)
This paper examines the linguistic realization of conventional impli-catures, taking the semantics and pragmatics of the Japanese adverbials sekkaku and yokumo as a test case. It is shown that their meanings involve an interesting and hitherto unstudied mix of asserted and conventionally implicated content. An extension of Potts's (2005) L CI logic for… (More)
This paper analyzes four kinds of Cantonese polar questions, HO2, ME1, AA4 and A-NOT-A questions in the framework of radical in-ME1 and A-NOT-A questions have multi-dimensional semantics. In addition to their primary speech act of questioning, HO2 and ME1 interrogatives encode secondary assertive acts of positive and negative expectations , respectively,… (More)
This paper argues in favor of Haiman's (1978) idea that conditionals and topics are analogous. The evidence comes from exhaustifi-cation over topicalized questions, which have the same semantics as conditional questions (Isaacs & Rawlins, 2008).
I adapt recent results by Merin, Blutner, Jäger, Krifka, van Rooy, and others to obtain integrated pragmatic values for utterances, thereby moving towards a precise definition of pragmatic felicity. I model speakers' perspectives with probability distributions over the set of possible worlds. The quality-rating of an utterance is an exponent of the… (More)