Embedded Implicatures as Pragmatic Inferences under Compositional Lexical Uncertainty

@article{Potts2016EmbeddedIA,
  title={Embedded Implicatures as Pragmatic Inferences under Compositional Lexical Uncertainty},
  author={Christopher Potts and Daniel Lassiter and Roger Levy and Michael C. Frank},
  journal={J. Semantics},
  year={2016},
  volume={33},
  pages={755-802}
}
How do comprehenders reason about pragmatically ambiguous scalar terms like some in complex syntactic contexts? In many pragmatic theories of conversational implicature, local exhaustification of such terms (‘only some’) is predicted to be difficult or impossible if the result does not entail the literal meaning, whereas grammatical accounts predict such construals to be robustly available. Recent experimental evidence supports the salience of these local enrichments, but the grammatical… CONTINUE READING
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