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What is an open presupposed proposition?

 

Definition
 

An open presupposed proposition is a presupposition that contains a variable about which the utterance supplies information.

Example (English)
 
  • She gave something to Harry.
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    This proposition is presupposed by the contrastive stress in she gave the SHIRT to Harry and by the cleft sentence it was the SHIRT that she gave to Harry.

     
    Source:

    Prince 1986 209

    Generic
      An open presupposed proposition is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Prince 1986 209


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