Repetition versus implicatures and presuppositions

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The exact repetition of linguistic material has a range of pragmatic consequences, many of which can be understood as involving a weakening of the speaker’s commitment towards the meanings that the material would usually be understood to convey. In this chapter I argue that exact repetition can lead to the loss of implicatures and the non-projection of presuppositions, for principled reasons involving consideration of the preceding context and the speaker’s intention. In support of this, I present novel experimental data concerning sentences which appear to trigger but then cancel presuppositions: participants infer that the presupposition triggers are repetitions, even in the absence of explicit evidence of prior use. I also consider the relevance of pragmatic considerations for the conventionalised use of repetition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExact Repetition in Grammar and Discourse
EditorsUlrike Freywald, Rita Finkbeiner
PublisherMouton de Gruyter
ISBN (Print)9783110589986
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameTrends in Linguistics

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