Pragmatic Presuppositions

Robert C. Stalnaker

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Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780198237075
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598456 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series

Pragmatic Presuppositions

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Argues that the distinction between what is asserted and what is presupposed in a statement should be described and explained pragmatically, in terms of what the speaker takes to be the background information, or common ground, shared between speaker and audience. The pragmatic notion of presupposition is used to explain two kinds of linguistic facts: first, facts about the relation between the presuppositions required by complex sentences and the presuppositions required by their constituent sentences (the projection problem) and second, facts about the behaviour of different kinds of factive verbs.

Keywords: common ground; factive verbs; pragmatics; presupposition; projection problem

Chapter.  7857 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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