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What is a presupposition suspension?



A presupposition suspension is the speaker's removal of a previously implied commitment to a presupposition without the denial of it.

Example (English)
  • In the utterance John didn’t cheat again, if indeed he ever did, the if clause suspends the presupposition that John ever cheated.

    Levinson 1983 195


    Levinson 1983 195


    Horn 1972

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