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What is a generalized implicature?



A generalized implicature is a conversational implicature that is inferable without reference to a special context.

Example (English)
  • Expressions with the form an X usually imply that X is not closely related to the speaker or subject, as in the following expression:

  • John walked into a house yesterday and saw a tortoise.
  • This expression implies that the house is not John’s house.

    Adapted from:

    Grice 1975 56

  • Generic
      A generalized implicature is a kind of

    Levinson 1983 126


    Grice 1975 56

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