gap in the OED

Steve Kl. stevekl at PANIX.COM
Fri Dec 7 16:42:37 UTC 2001

On Sun, 2 Dec 2001, Laurence Horn wrote:

> appear in print until 1975. The AHD4 entry is pretty solid--
> Linguistics  [Why not "Philosophy" too?]
> 1. The aspect of meaning that a speaker conveys, implies, or suggests
> without directly
> expressing. Although the utterance "Can you pass the salt?" is
> literally a request for
> information about one's ability to pass salt, the understood
> implicature is a request for
> salt.
> 2. The process by which such a meaning is conveyed, implied, or
> suggested. In saying "Some dogs are mammals," the speaker conveys by
> implicature that not all dogs are mammals.
> --but curiously omits any attribution to Grice, the originator of the
> term.  (As it happens, the example in #2 comes from my own work--I
> seem to recall that the AHD entry is due to our own Steve Kleinedler,
> and there was no such entry in AHD3--but I was just using it to
> illustrate Grice's concept.)

To give credit where credit is due, Larry helped me considerably in
hammering out the phrasing of this for a general audience, reviewing my
work and making several excellent suggestions.

-- Steve

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