Time course of scalars-1 Some utterances are underinformative : The onset and time course of scalar inferences

@inproceedings{Bott2004TimeCO,
  title={Time course of scalars-1 Some utterances are underinformative : The onset and time course of scalar inferences},
  author={Lewis Bott and Ira A. Noveck},
  year={2004}
}
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 lessthan-maximally-informative utterance implies the denial of a more informative proposition. Default Inference accounts (e.g. Levinson, 1983; 2000) argue that this inference is linked to lexical items (e.g. some) and is generated automatically and largely independently of context. Alternatively, Relevance Theory (Sperber and… CONTINUE READING
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