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Existentiality and Implicatures

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Authors

Joh, Yoon-kyoung

Issue Date
2018-04-30
Publisher
Language Education Research Center, Seoul National University
Citation
Language Research, Vol.54 No.1, pp. 41-58
Keywords
existentialgenericprogressivetemporariness implicaturescalarimplicature
Abstract
This paper claims that an existential reading of bare nouns, used with the progressive form of a stage-level predicate, can be explained by the fact that the temporariness implicature of the progressive is incompatible with genericity. Furthermore, this paper argues that an existential reading of bare nouns employed in the there-be construction should be approached in parallel with the definiteness effect observed with respect to the construction. That is, the referentiality status of the there-be construction evokes a scalar implicature that negates scales stronger than referentiality. Thus, restricted generics are ruled out in the construction. These pragmatic accounts have an apparent advantage, since they can handle exceptions more adequately than any syntactic or semantic analyses.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/139744
DOI
https://doi.org/10.30961/lr.2018.54.1.41
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 54 Number 1/3 (2018)
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