Embedded Implicatures? Remarks on the debate between globalist and localist theories

Michela Ippolito


Geurts & Pouscoulous (2009) present experimental evidence that embedded implicatures are not systematically available and conclude that localist theories of implicatures cannot be maintained. I argue that this conclusion can be strengthened by showing that their findings cannot be reconciled with a localist theory even when the latter is supplemented with a formal way to predict when an embedded implicature will be preferred, as suggested in Chierchia, Fox & Spector (2008).


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/sp.3.5

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