UMass Amherst LINGUIST 610 - Questions on Conversational Implicature (2 pages)

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Seth Cable Fall 2011 Semantics and Generative Grammar Ling 610 Questions on Conversational Implicature 1 Part 1 Computing Implicatures Below are a series of dialogs Each dialog is paired with an identifiable implicature For each of these dialogs please do each of the following i 1 ii iii Sketch out how the implicature can be deduced from a the T conditions of the utterance and b the assumption that the speaker is being cooperative Do this in a way that follows the format indicated in the course handouts where each step of reasoning is clearly laid out in an enumerated list State whether the implicature is particularized or generalized State whether the implicature is a scalar implicature a Dialog Person A Person B 2 b Implicature of Person B s Utterance Person A should not do his Chewbacca impression a Dialog Person A Person B 3 Is Dave a friendly guy He s not unfriendly b Implicature of Person B s Utterance Dave is not a friendly guy a Dialog Person A Person B 4 Hey man should I do my Chewbacca impression Dude we re at a funeral I m really thirsty There s a convenience store right over there b Implicature of Person B s Utterance The store is open or at least likely to be open a Dialog Person A Person B b Who is that That is Barbara my first wife Implicature of Person B s Utterance Person B has had other wives besides Barbara 1 Seth Cable Fall 2011 5 a Semantics and Generative Grammar Ling 610 Dialog Announcer the following is taken from an actual advertisement for the drug Yaz Lately you may have heard some claims about Yaz that were less than truthful b First Implicature of Announcer s Utterance The claims made about Yaz were not outright lies they simply contained perhaps a few minor errors c Second Implicature of Announcer s Utterance The claims made about Yaz were made by some unknown individuals and not by the advertiser or the drug company themselves 2 Part 2 Embedded Implicatures 6 Please in your own words state whether or not the following discourse poses any problems for the classic Gricean theory of implicature and why or why not a If Sue gets married and has kids her conservative grandma will be happy But if she has kids and gets married then her grandma will be upset 2


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