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Scalar Implicature
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Scalar implicature (henceforth SI) is a notion developed in inferential pragmatics. Its derivation crucially relies on the existence of sets of linguistic units that form a special implicating relationship. Such a set consists of items forming an ordered set <e1, e2, … en>, in which the following criteria hold:


The set involves at least two items. That is, it is neither non-null nor a singleton;


Each item to the left is semantically stronger than the ones to the right. A semantically stronger item conveys informatio…

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Yan JIANG, “Scalar Implicature”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000371>
First published online: 2015

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