Loose Talk, Scale Presuppositions and QUD
Daniel Hoek
December 2019

I present a new pragmatic theory of loose talk, focussing on the loose use of numbers and measurement expressions. The account explains loose readings as arising from a pragmatic mechanism aimed at restoring relevance to the question under discussion (QUD), appealing to Krifka's notion of a measurement scale. The core motivating observation is that the loose reading of a claim need not be weaker than its literal content, as almost all pragmatic treatments of loose talk have assumed (e.g. Lasersohn). The loosening mechanism described here can be applied to a range of other linguistic phenomena as well.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004909
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Published in: Proceedings of the 22nd Amsterdam Colloquium
keywords: loose talk, numbers, qud, presuppositions, relevance, formal pragmatics, semantics
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