Implying or implicating not both in declaratives and interrogatives

  • Matthijs Westera

Abstract

Both disjunctive assertions and disjunctive questions can imply “not both”, i.e., that only one of the disjuncts is true. For assertions this is known to be part of what the speaker means (e.g., an implicature), whereas for questions this is instead a presupposition. This puzzle is challenging for predominant pragmatic and grammatical accounts of exhaustivity in the literature. This paper outlines a solution based on Attentional Pragmatics combined with (other) general pragmatic principles.
Published
2020-09-18
How to Cite
Westera, M. (2020). Implying or implicating not both in declaratives and interrogatives. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 24(2), 423-438. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2020.v24i2.906