Home » Uncategorized » I is for Implicature

I is for Implicature



JENNY: – Where’s Bill?

JESSICA: There’s a yellow VW outside Sue’s house.

So, where is Bill? 

Jessica does not reply directly (“He’s over at Sue’s house”) but Jenny understands what she means.

Both Jessica & Jenny know 

  • that Bill drives a yellow VW
  • where Sue’s house is 

So Jessica’s statement implies that Bill is visiting Sue. 





Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: