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Front. Commun. | doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2019.00047

Exhaustification and contextual restriction

  • 1University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, United States

This note provides a brief summary of the grammatical approach to implicatures, highlighting the perspective under which it presents an effort to square observations with truistic principles. It then turns to the notion of salience, arguing that there is no systematic relationship between salience and relevance or between salience and utterance. A recent attempt at harnessing salience is discussed and argued to be empirically and conceptually unsatisfactory.

Keywords: Implicatures, alternatives, Exhaustification, salience, atomicity

Received: 11 Mar 2019; Accepted: 15 Aug 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Trinh. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Tue Trinh, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Milwaukee, United States, tuetrinh@alum.mit.edu