Natural Language Semantics 25 (2):109-124 (2017)

Salvatore Pistoia-Reda
Università degli Studi di Siena
In this paper, I defend a grammatical account of scalar implicatures. In particular, I submit new evidence in favor of the contextual blindness principle, assumed in recent versions of the grammatical account. I argue that mismatching scalar implicatures can be generated even when the restrictor of the universal quantifier in a universal alternative is contextually known to be empty. The crucial evidence consists of a hitherto unnoticed oddness asymmetry between formally analogous existential sentences with reference failure NPs. I conclude that the generation of mismatching scalar implicatures does not require contextual access.
Keywords Scalar Implicature  Common Knowledge  Oddness  Asymmetric Entailment
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DOI 10.1007/s11050-016-9131-6
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