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What is a standard implicature?



A standard implicature is a conversational implicature based on an addressee's assumption that the speaker is being cooperative by directly observing the conversational maxims.

Example (English)
  • In the following exchange, A assumes that B is being cooperative, truthful, adequately informative, relevant, and clear. Thus, A can infer that B thinks A can get fuel at the garage:

  • A: I’ve just run out of petrol.
  • B: Oh; there’s a garage just around the corner.
  • Generic
      A standard implicature is a kind of

    Levinson 1983 104

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