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What is an implicature?

 

Definition
 

An implicature is anything that is inferred from an utterance but that is not a condition for the truth of the utterance.

Example (English)
 
  • The expression Some of the boys were at the party implicates in most contexts Not all of the boys were at the party.

    Source:

    Gazdar 1979 49

  • Kinds
      Here are some kinds of implicatures:
     
    Generic
      An implicature is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Levinson 1983 127

     

    Gazdar 1979 49–50


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