Scalar Implicatures : Exhaustivity and Gricean Reasoning

  title={Scalar Implicatures : Exhaustivity and Gricean Reasoning},
  author={Benjamin Spector},
This paper shows that both scalar implicatures and exhaustification of answers can be understood as the outcome of a pragmatic reasoning based on Gricean maxims. I offer a formalization of the Gricean reasoning that solves the problems (cf. Chierchia 2001) faced by standard neo-Gricean accounts. I further show that positive and non-positive answers pattern very differently, in a way that can be predicted by stating carefully, for a given question-answer pair, what counts as an "alternative… CONTINUE READING


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