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What is a presupposition denial?



A presupposition denial is a noncontradictory negation of a presupposition in a clause by an assertion in another clause.

Example (English)
  • In the utterance John doesn’t regret doing a useless Ph.D., because, in fact, he never did do one, the presupposition "John did a useless Ph.D." is denied by the second clause.
  • Source

    Levinson 1983 194–195

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