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What is a potential implicature?

 

Definition
 

A potential implicature is an implicature that would arise from any of the components of a given utterance if that component were uttered in some linguistic or extralinguistic context, whether or not the implicature is an actual implicature of the given utterance.

Examples (English)
 
  • The sentence I think that some went has two potential implicatures:

    Adapted from:

    Levinson 1983 134

  • Generic
      A potential implicature is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Levinson 1983 133–134

     

    Gazdar 1979 55


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