According to the neogricean theory of cardinals an SN like “n N”, where n is a cardinal and N a noun, means “at least n N”. The meaning “exactly n N” is only conversationally conveyed. In this paper I show that the neogricean theory is false: on one hand the arguments usually advanced in its favor are much less strong than often thought; on the other hand there are positive reason to think that the meaning of “n N” is not “at least n N”. I support here the alternative view that the meaning of “n N” commits the speaker to the existence of n N, no more and no less. Nevertheless, “n N” is not pragmatically equivalent to “exactly n N” because “exactly” reduces the pragmatic halo of the SN and makes it unacceptable in a higher number of contexts.
|Titolo tradotto del contributo||[Autom. eng. transl.] Cardinality and scalar implications|
|Numero di pagine||17|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2011|