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What is a particularized implicature?



A particularized implicature is a conversational implicature that is derivable only in a specific context.

Examples (English)
  • A: What on earth has happened to the roast beef?

    B: The dog is looking very happy.

  • In the above exchange, A will likely derive the implicature "the dog ate the roast beef" from B’s statement. This is due to A’s belief that B is observing the conversational maxim of relation or relevance in the specific context of A’s question.
  • Source:

    Levinson 1983 126

  • Generic
      A particularized implicature is a kind of

    Levinson 1983 126


    Grice 1975 56

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