Pragmatics in Linguistic Theory

An example of an implicature found in a letter of recommendation.

An example of an implicature. One explanation for the blocking of the inference of Addressee(2) is there is a known convention for letter writing: Write only good things. Learn more about implicatures in Lectures 1-8 in lecture notes. (Image courtesy of MIT OpenCourseWare, Prof. Fox, and Prof. Menendez-Benito.) 


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The course introduces formal theories of context-dependency, presupposition, implicature, context-change, focus and topic. Special emphasis is on the division of labor between semantics and pragmatics. It also covers applications to the analysis of quantification, definiteness, presupposition projection, conditionals and modality, anaphora, questions and answers.

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Daniel Fox, and Paula Menéndez-Benito. 24.954 Pragmatics in Linguistic Theory. Fall 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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