Implicature
(3,182 words)

1. Introduction

The word implicature is primarily used as a shorthand for conversational implicature, which was first coined by Grice (1989 [1967]) to capture the phenomenon that what is meant by the speaker can be more than what is said. The following exchange between two female neighbors is a case in point.

A:

他家姑娘有了,還沒結婚呢!

 

Tā    jiā         gūniang    yǒu  le,    …

Cite this page
Yueguo GU, “Implicature”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 23 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000195>
First published online: 2015



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