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19. Language / H. Pragmatics / 4. Implicature

[unspoken rules of normal conversation]

9 ideas
Grice's maxim of manner requires one to be as brief as possible [Grice]
Grice's maxim of quality says do not assert what you believe to be false [Grice]
Grice's maxim of quality says be sufficiently informative [Grice]
Key conversational maxims are 'quality' (assert truth) and 'quantity' (leave nothing out) [Read on Grice]
We use expressions 'deferentially', to conform to the use of other people [Evans]
An assertion is an attempt to rule out certain possibilities, narrowing things down for good planning [Schroeter on Stalnaker]
A simple chaining device can't build sentences containing 'either..or', or 'if..then' [Rey]
The infelicitiousness of trivial truth is explained by uninformativeness, or a static context-set [Magidor]
The infelicitiousness of trivial falsity is explained by expectations, or the loss of a context-set [Magidor]