Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 367–391

Scalar Implicatures in Complex Sentences

  • Uli Sauerland

DOI: 10.1023/B:LING.0000023378.71748.db

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Sauerland, U. Linguistics and Philosophy (2004) 27: 367. doi:10.1023/B:LING.0000023378.71748.db


This article develops a Gricean account for the computation of scalarimplicatures in cases where one scalar term is in the scope ofanother. It shows that a cross-product of two quantitative scalesyields the appropriate scale for many such cases. One exception iscases involving disjunction. For these, I propose an analysis that makesuse of a novel, partially ordered quantitative scale for disjunction andcapitalizes on the idea that implicatures may have different epistemic status.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Uli Sauerland
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of ConneticutCTUSA

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