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What is a potential presupposition?



A potential presupposition is a presupposition that is triggered by some part of an utterance (such as a subordinate clause) taken in isolation, but that may or may not be a presupposition of the whole utterance.

Example (English)
  • The utterance John says that the king of France is bald has two potential presuppositions:

    1. There is someone identified as John.
    2. There is a king of France.
  • Generic
      A potential presupposition is a kind of

    Gazdar 1979 124

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