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Exhaustify! Locally or Globally? Implications for Ignorance Inferences
Tharanga Weerasooriya
409-418 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper investigates cancelability and non-cancelability of ignorance implicatures in language. The empirical focus is on ignorance and exhaustivity implicatures associated with disjunction and indefinite expressions in Japanese and Sinhala. The parameter of non/cancelability is shown to depend on whether we scalar exhaustify below or above the assertoric operator assumed to scope over a disjunction or indefinite expression.

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Proceedings of the 35th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Wm. G. Bennett, Lindsay Hracs, and Dennis Ryan Storoshenko
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