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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. 

 

 

 

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