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Monday, April 16, 2018

Washington Röbling’s Implicature


The trustees are considering naming the Washington Roebling chief engineer.


You have never supervised anything of this scale and magnitude, Roebling, is that right?

ROEBLING: No one has.

H. P. Grice considers this in his Oxford lectures on conversational implicature (yes, he was using that phrase, 'conversational implicature' back then -- BEFORE Harvard).

Surely, Washington Roebling is being more informative than is required.

The implicature is:


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