Implicature ( was: Re: [LMB] Bookman Bookshelves: OT: but very cool)

Jim Parish jparish at
Wed Jun 7 22:49:58 BST 2006

Pete Granzeau wrote:
> I thought "last" implied more than two?

I replied: 
> :grins wickedly: Shall we discuss the concept of "conversational 
> implicature"? I'm game if you are...

It occurs to me that that may have come off as rather slighting of Pete. 
If so, I do apologize. I only meant that language is a complicated thing, 
and that Pete's question touches on a complex, but interesting, area of 
study, one that I'm willing to expound on if prompted. (Anything I say is, 
of course, subject to correction by professional linguists such as Mark 
Mandel; my knowledge of the subject rests on having read a couple of 
books, no more.)

Jim Parish

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