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The Post-Gricean Theory of Presupposition

JAY DAVID ATLAS

in Logic, Meaning, and Conversation

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195133004
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850181 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195133004.003.0004
The Post-Gricean Theory of Presupposition

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While this chapter attempts to explain the construction of one kind of post-Gricean presupposition pragmatic theory, it also looks into the possible substantive problems that may be encountered regarding issues on presupposition. In doing so, the author focuses on one type of post-Gricean theory of pragmatism and extracts the aspects of entailment and generalized conversational inferenda from the notion of presupposition. Also, the author attempts to explore Grice's endeavor to come up with the same reduction through making use not of the notion of semantical nonspecificity but of the notion of ambiguity. Lastly, the author discusses his belief that Stalnaker and Grice altered the use of the concept of common ground, and that “accommodation” may pave the way for the reconstruction of theories that concern presupposition.

Keywords: Grice; presupposition; entailment; inferenda; semantical nonspecificity; ambiguity; accommodation

Chapter.  15953 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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