What is it about?

Whether or not non-entailment relations generate scalar implicatures is a cutting-edge issue in linguistic pragmatics. The present study intends to argue that, based on the Cognitive Grammar paradigm, non-scalar implicatures generated by non-entailment relations are manifested as cognitive defaults which are conventionally incorporated into symbolic units in schema-instance complexes. Conventions provide a shortcut for the hearer to infer non-scalar implicatures in an unconscious, effortless and automatic way. We maintain that, contrary to neo-Gricean pragmatics, non-entailment relations cannot generate (scalar) Q-implicatures.

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Why is it important?

Non-scalar implicatures are cognitive defaults.


Writing this article was a great pleasure as it has co-authors with whom I have had long standing collaborations. This article also lead to a greater involvement in scalar implicature research.

Yanfei Zhang
Shandong University

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This page is a summary of: A cognitive-pragmatic study of non-scalar implicatures, Pragmatics and Society, March 2020, John Benjamins,
DOI: 10.1075/ps.18062.zha.
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