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What is an implicature?



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.


    Gazdar 1979 49

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

    Levinson 1983 127


    Gazdar 1979 49–50

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