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What is conventional implicature?



Conventional implicature is an implicature that is

  • part of a lexical item’s or expression’s agreed meaning, rather than derived from principles of language use, and
  • not part of the conditions for the truth of the item or expression.
Example (English)
  • A speaker using the word but between coordinate clauses thinks that some contrast or concession relation is relevant between the clauses.
  • Generic
      Conventional implicature is a kind of

    Levinson 1983 127–128

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