Pragmatic and Semantic Factors in the Interpretation of Scalar Implicatures

Nagamurali Eragamreddy


The complex interactions between pragmatic and semantic factors during the processing of scalar implicatures are examined in the present research. Respondents' evaluations and recommendations, especially during critical trials, show a complex comprehension shaped by semantic meaning and pragmatic suitability. Differential assessments in critical trials show instances where logically valid assertions are judged to be pragmatically inaccurate hinting to possible pragmatic contradictions. Recurring themes emerge from participants' remarks on language adjustments, highlighting the need for statements that satisfy semantic accuracy requirements as well as contextual requirements. The results enhance our understanding of scalar implicatures by highlighting the significance of pragmatic factors in addition to semantic aspects.


Semantic factors; pragmatic factors; language modification; Scalar implicatures.

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