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By Guangwu Feng

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The final target of this e-book is to strengthen a Gricean theoretical framework of traditional implicature in which chinese language pragmatic markers could be accommodated. It has associated pursuits. to start with it units out to improve a conception of traditional implicature. traditional implicature is itself a hugely debatable time period, understood very otherwise through a number of manufacturers of latest pragmatic idea, and is a pivotal proposal within the debates among the Gricean and Neo-Gricean theorists at the one hand and proponents of Relevance thought at the different. This ebook bargains an exemplary research and definition of what's serious about those present debates, and it either clarifies and 'problematises' a wide range of linked concerns. the second one goal is to provide a principled and systematic research of pragmatic markers in chinese language. Markers of this kind (and quite a number interconnnected different types together with discourse debris) were the topic of extreme research lately, and this precise examine of chinese language markers is a contribution during this sector that's of considerable significance, either theoretical and empirical.

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12 GUANGWU FENG Although Grice’s goal is not to develop a model of communication, his proposal of meaning-NN suggests a groundbreaking one. In the first place, given that the meaning of an utterance cannot be taken as divorced from the intention of the speaker, to understand what a speaker has meant requires recognizing that very intention. Along these lines, communication cannot be simply understood as a coding– decoding process (a speaker encoding a message in a signal which is decoded by a hearer who uses an identical linguistic code).

Faced with these observations, Grice (1975) proposed a notion of what is implicated, which is meant to cover all the information which is beyond, or perhaps more important than what is said. He identified three cases of implication as exemplified respectively by each of the utterances in (6). (6) a. There is a garage around the corner (to someone who has run out of petrol). b. Smith is either in the kitchen or in the bedroom. c. Smith is poor but he is honest. (6a) is an instance of particularized conversational implicature, (6b) a case of generalized conversational implicature and (6c) an example of conventional implicature.

According to Grice’s much-followed precepts, what an utterance conveys in context falls into two parts: what is said is the logical content, the minimum necessary to specify the truth conditions of the sentence. For the remainder Grice coined the term implicature. The above readings are, of course, right. Grice himself was very explicit about the truth-conditional nature of what is said. When 7 According to Neale (1992: 556), Grice did not make a direct appeal to truthconditions because it would be inconsistent with his view that sentence meaning depends on a convention.

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