Some utterances are underinformative: The onset and time course of scalar inferences

  title={Some utterances are underinformative: The onset and time course of scalar inferences},
  author={Lewis Bott and I. Noveck},
  journal={Journal of Memory and Language},
When Tarzan asks Jane Do you like my friends? and Jane answers Some of them, her underinformative reply implicates Not all of them. This scalar inference arises when a less-than-maximally informative utterance implies the denial of a more informative proposition. Default Inference accounts (e.g., [Levinson, 1983] and [Levinson, 2000]) argue that this inference is linked to lexical items (e.g., some) and is generated automatically and largely independently of context. Alternatively, Relevance… Expand

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