Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Culture, Education and Economic Development of Modern Society (ICCESE 2018)

Presumptive Q-scalar Implicatures

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Lirong Bai
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Lirong Bai
Available Online March 2018.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/iccese-18.2018.124How to use a DOI?
Keywords
presumptive; embedded; Q-scalar
Abstract
Grice’s theory of conversational implicature has provoked much controversy in recent years. Varieties of plans have been made to advance or even substitute that global pragmatic assumption. Embedded scalar implicature is a case in point which claims that some of the conversational implicatures can be generated at a sub-sentential level. Furthermore, the sub-sentential level conversational implicatures can be projected onto the whole sentence. This paper presents an argument that there is no need to distinguish the sentential level from the sub-sentential level. Gricean theory is adequate to account for the scalar implicatures (especially Q-scalar implicatures) at both levels. Meanwhile, this paper suggests it is the presumptive conditions and the inferential processes rather than the sentential or sub-sentential levels that should be focused on.
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