PP-2006-03: Optimality Theoretic Pragmatics and the Explicature/Implicature Distinction

PP-2006-03: Blutner, Reinhard (2006) Optimality Theoretic Pragmatics and the Explicature/Implicature Distinction. [Report]

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Optimality Theoretic Pragmatics is a (partly) formalized theory that conforms to a dynamic neo-Gricean approach. It assumes one phase of the updating process that involves the application of the so-called Q- and I-principles. Critics of the theory have maintained that such an approach does not discriminate between processes where apparent conversational implicatures enter into propositional content from processes where conversational implicatures supplement the propositional content without becoming part of it. Hence, it does not account for the Relevance-Theoretic distinction between explicatures and implicatures. In the present paper I discuss possibilities for reconstructing the distinction in Optimality Theoretic Pragmatics. After consideration of recent empirical observations of implicatures in complex sentences the conclusion is drawn that the distinction should not be stipulated by referring to separate principles of the cognitive architecture (either by stipulating different modes of interpretation or by assuming distinct phases of processing). Instead, the distinction seems to be a consequence of a global optimization mechanism. The results of global optimization fossilize into a local projection mechanism that conforms to the principles of incremental interpretation.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: PP-2006-03
Series Name: Prepublication (PP) Series
Year: 2006
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pragmatics; Conversational Implicature; Fossilization
Depositing User: kblutne1
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:36
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:36
URI: https://eprints.illc.uva.nl/id/eprint/178

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