This chapter assesses the neo-Gricean pragmatic theory of conversational implicature, and is organized as follows. Section 24.1 discusses the classical Gricean theory. Section 24.2 presents the neo-Gricean pragmatic theory, focusing on the dualistic model put forward by Horn and the Trinitarian model posited by Levinson. Sections 24.3–24.5 examine the role played by the neo-Gricean pragmatic theory in effecting a radical simplification of lexicon, semantics, and syntax.
Keywords: Gricean theory; dualistic model; lexicon; semantics; syntax
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Subjects: Linguistics ; Pragmatics
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