Linguistics colloquium: Assif Am-David

03/05/2016 - 14:00 - 15:30

Assif Am-David, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt

Title: Conventional implicatures as meaning components in definites, evidence from German

Abstract: In order to account for different occurrences of the definite article I shall introduce three inferences. Ever since Ebert (1971) the distinction between strong and weak definite articles has been systematically drawn. I shall use this distinction as a surface phenomenon which clearly shows the correlation of the inferences with the use of the definite article.

One of the most obvious indications of conventional implicatures is that they do not allow for intermediate accommodation. Data from German showing the distinctive use of the strong and weak definite articles will demonstrate that the inferences involved in the meaning of definite descriptions behave like conventional implicatures.


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