Eric Swanson Will Speak at the 2016 Philosophical Linguistics and Linguistic Philosophy Conference Later This Week
According to the Philosophical Linguistics and Linguistic Philosophy Conference website, it is “a small, workshop-style conference that brings together researchers who are working at the intersection of philosophy and linguistics. The conference is a three-day retreat intended to provide the opportunity for intense discussions of semantics in the bucolic setting of the Tarrytown Estate in Westchester, NY.”
In some contexts, not saying S generates a conversational implicature: that the speaker didn’t have sufficient reason, all things considered, to say S. I call this an 'omissive implicature.' Standard ways of thinking about conversational implicature make the importance and even the existence of omissive implicatures somewhat surprising. But I argue that there is no principled reason to deny that there are such implicatures, and that they help explain a range of important phenomena. This paper focuses on the roles omissive implicatures play in Quantity implicatures—in particular, in solving in the symmetry problem for scalar implicatures (§1)—and on the political and social importance of omissions where apologies, objections, or other communicative acts are expected or warranted (§2).
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