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Scalar Implicatures: Experimental Evidence
Emmanuel Chemla (ENS)

22 septembre 2009

There is currently a debate between proponents of pragmatic and grammatical accounts of scalar implicatures. In his lectures, Benjamin Spector will introduce the phenomenon and the main arguments present in the theoretical literature which pertain to this pragmatic/grammatical debate. In recent years, there have been experimental studies of this issue as well, most of which providing evidence in favor of pragmatic accounts. I will present new experimental results which (i) show that under certain conditions we can elicit so-called local implicatures, a phenomenon only predicted by grammatical approaches, and (ii) show however that local implicatures are more widespread than what current grammatical approaches predict.
Prerequisites: This class will complement well the material presented in Benjamin Spector’s course, but no background should be necessary to benefit from the methodological and theoretical discussions.
Course (handout downloadable):
September 22, 2009 at 15:30 pm.

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