Is good better than excellent? An experimental investigation on scalar implicatures and gradable adjectives

In this study we look at the computation of scalar implicatures with adjectives and modals, and show that scalar inferences are not equally triggered by these scales. In Experiment 1, we test implicatures on three-place adjective scales such as <decent, good, excellent> and find that only adjectives at the low end of the scale generate implicatures, while… CONTINUE READING