Inference and Implicature
Published Online: 5 NOV 2012
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The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics
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Haugh, M. 2012. Inference and Implicature. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .
- Published Online: 5 NOV 2012
An implicature is a type of speaker meaning that goes beyond what is literally said. Inference, in contrast, refers to the cognitive processes by which participants figure out meaning beyond what is said. Consider the following conversation: