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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Implicature
Subtitle: Intention, Convention, and Principle in the Failure of Gricean Theory
Written By: Wayne A. Davis
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

H. P. Grice's theory of implicature provides the leading paradigm for
research in pragmatics. Wayne Davis argues controversially that Gricean
theory does not work. In developing his argument the author explains that
the psycho-social principles actually define the social function of
implicature conventions, which contribute to the satisfaction of those
principles. By offering a searching and systematic critique of one of the
established doctrines in the philosophy of language, this challenging book
will be of particular importance to philosophers of language and linguists,
especially those working in pragmatics and sociolinguistics.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521038065
ISBN-13: 9780521038065
Pages: 214
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