ERIC Number: ED396549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Conjunction and Causality: Pragmatics and the Lexicon.
Conjunctions (e.g., "if, and, so") appear in varied contexts and are associated with a wide range of interpretations. The theoretical options concerning the lexical specifications of these items are: (1) multiplicity of senses; and (2) restricted senses augmented by conversational implicatures. It is proposed here that the latter position is more applicable. Attention is confined to one possible interpretation with which such conjunctions may be associated: causality. It is argued that causality is a major reasoning principle that interacts with some versions of inference maxims (following H. P. Grice's theory of implicature) to yield the desired interpretation. This account also provides an explanation for a range of additional instances where implicit causal relations hold and will shed light on the convergence, in a variety of languages, of readings involving causality with those associated with addition, conditionality, and temporality, among others. Contains 28 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Causal Inferences; Grice (H P)
Note: In: "Pragmatics and Language Learning," Volume 4. Selected papers presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Conference on Pragmatics and Language Learning (6th, Urbana, IL, April 2-4, 1992); see FL 023 905.