Local pragmatics and structured contents

Philosophical Studies 168 (1):21-33 (2014)
Mandy Simons
Carnegie Mellon University
There is a long-standing and rarely contested view that Gricean conversational reasoning—the kind of reasoning that supports the identification of conversational implicatures—cannot produce pragmatically generated modification of the contents of embedded clauses. The goal of this paper is to argue against this view: to argue that embedded pragmatic effects can be seen as continuous with ordinary, utterance-level, conversational implicature. I will further suggest, though, that embedded pragmatic effects do force on us a particular conception of semantics. Specifically, I will argue that an adequate account of the data requires a semantic framework that posits structured contents
Keywords Conversational implicature  Grice  Structured propositions  DRT
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-013-0138-2
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