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Generalized Conversational Implicatures and Indexical Fields: The Case of Address Forms
Sarah Sinnott
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This paper explores the relationship between Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics in the study of T/V address forms, specifically in Castilian Spanish. By combining the notions of the Indexical Field and Conversational Implicature, the author explains how speakers navigate the various meanings associated with T/V forms. The social meanings associated with T and V are shown to exist in a layered Indexical Field. Each layer is related to a different type of implicature. This model is unique in that it allows for a united description of what the meanings are, how they differ from each other, and how they are contributed to an utterance.

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Selected Proceedings of the 6th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics
edited by Ana M. Carvalho and Sara Beaudrie
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