Saying (nothing) and conversational implicatures

Victor Tamburini*

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I defend an alternative theory of conversational implicatures that does without Grice's notion of making-as-if-to-say. This theory characterises conversationally implicating that p as a way to mean that p by saying that q or by saying nothing. Cases that Grice's theory cannot capture are captured, and cases that Grice's theory misdescribes are correctly described. A distinction between conversational implicatures and pragmatic inferences from what speakers express is required, as well as a non-implicature treatment of figurative speech.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)816-836
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number4
Early online date2 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2023


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