Reading Group in Implicature
Organized by Todd Snider and James Collins
This reading group focuses on varieties of approaches to analyzing scalar implicatures, for example, the inference that by expressing `A or B', the speaker intends to convey `not both A and B'. Scalar implicatures play a crucial role in our understanding of the divide between domain general human reasoning and language specific knowledge. To that end, we propose to consider different perspectives on whether scalar implicatures should be derived from general principles of rational behavior, or whether they should be treated as part of a language-specific grammatical system. Potential topics to be explored include embedded implicatures, the Rational Speech Act model and lexical uncertainty, the interaction of implicatures and presupposition, implicatures and plurality, implicatures and prosody, implicatures and acquisition, experimental investigation of implicature processing, or other topics of interest to the participants.