Presuppositional implicatures: quantity or maximize presupposition?


  • Vincent Rouillard
  • Bernhard Schwarz


Schlenker (2012) proposes that when framed within a modern Stalnakerian view of presupposition and common ground (Stalnaker, 1998, 2002), Maximize Presupposition! (Heim, 1991; Sauerland, 2008) can be viewed as a special case of the maxim of Quantity (Grice, 1975). We provide data suggesting that in some cases, Maximize Presupposition! applies even when speakers are not expected to use a presupposition as vectors of new information. We argue that these data support the view that Maximize Presupposition! is an independent pragmatic principle, distinct from Quantity.




How to Cite

Rouillard, V., & Schwarz, B. (2019). Presuppositional implicatures: quantity or maximize presupposition?. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 22(2), 289–306. Retrieved from