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The Border Wars: a neo-Gricean perspective

  title={The Border Wars: a neo-Gricean perspective},
  author={K. Heusinger and K. Turner},
In reports Þled from several fronts in the semantics/pragmatics border wars, I seek to bolster the loyalist (neo-)Gricean forces against various recent revisionist sorties, including (but not limited to) the relevance-theoretic view on which the maxims (or more speciÞcally their sole surviving descendant, the principle of relevance) inform truthconditional content through the determination of “explicatures”, Levinson’s defense of implicatures serving as input to logical form, recent arguments… Expand
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Abstract Geis and Zwicky's squib on “conditional perfection” (1971) released a hornet's nest of rebuttal and counter-rebuttal into the pragmatic atmosphere, with many scholars in the area playingExpand
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