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Infelicitous cancellation: The explicit cancellability test for conversational implicature revisited
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
2015 (English)In: Australasian Journal of Philosophy, ISSN 0004-8402, E-ISSN 1471-6828, Vol. 93, no 3, 465-474 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper questions the adequacy of the explicit cancellability test for conversational implicature as it is commonly understood. The standard way of understanding this test relies on two assumptions: first, that that one can test whether a certain content is (merely) conversationally implicated, by checking whether that content is cancellable, and second, that a cancellation is successful only if it results in a felicitous utterance. While I accept the first of these assumptions, I reject the second one. I argue that a cancellation can succeed even if it results in an infelicitous utterance, and that unless we take this possibility into account we run the risk of misdiagnosing philosophically significant cases.

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2015. Vol. 93, no 3, 465-474 p.
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implicature, cancellability, pragmatics, felicity, Grice
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Philosophy; Theoretical Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118632DOI: 10.1080/00048402.2014.988738OAI: diva2:825867
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European Science Foundation (ESF), Eurocores Scheme 10-EuroUnderstanding-FP-033 (project CCCOM)Swedish Research Council, 435-2010-454Swedish Research Council, 421-2010-1542EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 229 441-CCC
Available from: 2015-06-24 Created: 2015-06-24 Last updated: 2015-08-17Bibliographically approved

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