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Introducing Language in Use: a Coursebook


Gricean Implicature

In each of the following, think of an appropriate utterance for B so that B's reply conveys the indicated message to A without explicitly stating it:

  1. A: Meet me at Piccadilly Circus at midnight.
    Intended message: Piccadilly Circus is not a safe place to be at midnight
  2. A: How much do I owe you?
    Intended message: A's debt is rather large
  3. A: Let's try that new German restaurant in town.
    Intended message: I'd rather go somewhere else because German restaurants are unlikely to serve an interesting variety of vegetarian food
  4. A: Would you like a piece of chocolate?
    Intended message: I would very much indeed like a piece of chocolate

Think of four more examples like these.